VIDEO - Mayank Yadav: Have always loved things which have speed; visualised my debut for last two years

Mayank, who represents Delhi in the domestic cricket, impressed on his maiden IPL match, finishing with three wickets while conceding 27 runs in his quota of four overs.

Published : Mar 31, 2024 13:17 IST , LUCKNOW - 2 MINS READ

There is nothing quite like fast bowling. Fast bowling, literally, that is -- not medium pace.

A bowler who is capable of clocking 150 kpmh and who consistently bowls above 145 kmph belongs to the rarest of species in world cricket. So, when India discovered one on here on Saturday night, the excitement – among cricketers present and past as well as fans – that has followed is understandable.

Mayank Yadav was sensational on his IPL debut. The 21-year-old from Delhi took three for 27 to help Lucknow Super Giants defeat Punjab Kings by 21 runs.

He bowled the fastest ball of this IPL (155.8 kmph). In IPL history, only Shaun Tait, Lockie Ferguson, Umran Malik and Anrich Nortje have bowled faster.

He won not just the Player-of-the-Match award. He won hearts too – Dale Steyn, Brett Lee and Stuart Broad among them.

When Mayank was asked at the press conference about the fast bowlers he idolised growing up in Delhi, the only name he took was of Steyn. He also talked about his fascination for speed, not just in cricket.

“I have always loved speed, from my childhood,” said the New Delhi Express. “I love anything that is about speed – be it planes, superbikes or rockets.”

About his exceptional skills in sending down rockets at the batters, he said he was aware that his strength was speed. “I have bowled at 155 kmph before but this was the first time I was (nearing) 156 kmph,” he said. “For the past couple of years, the only thing I have been visualising is my first ball at the IPL. I didn’t feel nervous, I felt I belong here.”

India needs to take proper care of him.

As Sanjay Manjrekar suggested, he could be considered for fast-tracking. Something Pakistan always does, and often gets rewarded.

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