During the MLC 2023 final at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Nicholas Pooran, the stand-in captain of MI New York, displayed an aggressive performance, scoring a remarkable 40-ball century against the Seattle Orcas.
In the pursuit of a target of 184 runs for the inaugural MLC title, Pooran came to bat at number three after opener Steven Taylor was dismissed for a three-ball duck.
Impressively, Pooran wasted no time and achieved a 16-ball half-century, displaying his dominance by hitting powerful sixes against the bowlers.
His exceptional performance also earned him the distinction of being the second player to score a century in the tournament. By the end of his innings, Pooran remained unbeaten at 137 runs off just 55 deliveries, hitting an astounding 13 sixes and 10 fours, securing the second-highest score by a captain batting second in T20 matches.
Pooran also won major accolades after his performance in the whole Major League Cricket (MLC) 2023, scoring 388 runs in the tournament. He won the most run scorer of the tournament as well as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament award.
After the Caribbean batter’s brilliant outing with the bat, his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Lucknow Super Giants also celebrated his success. Meanwhile, fans on Twitter suggested that Nicholas Pooran should be appointed the captain of the Lucknow side so he can repeat the same performance as he did today for MI New York as their stand-in captain.
Also fans are praising Gautam Gambhir, who during the IPL 2023 Auction, went crazy to sign him for 16 crore.
Lucknow should make Pooran their captain. KL is panauti anyway.— नम्रता (@_Namrataa) July 31, 2023
Nicholas Pooran is playing a blinder. @GautamGambhir was questioned why Lucknow paid so much for him. In case anyone had any doubt, they know now why. Gauti is absolutely spot on when it comes to identifying talent. Hope his move to @KKRiders becomes a reality 💙 #MLCFinal— Sandeep (@FranklySandeep) July 31, 2023
Sanjeev Goenka's Lucknow gave Nicholas Pooran a Sanjeevni booti to give life to his dying career. Mass. Y'all laughed at mastermind GG when he bought him for 17Cr. Now Nicky laughing at you.— Prakash (@Prakash1049) July 31, 2023
Pooran after Lucknow signing 🔥— 𝙋𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙮𝙪𝙨𝙝 𝙎 (@ps26_11) July 31, 2023