Mayank Yadav: First fast bowler to be named Player of the Match on debut

Mayank Yadav

New Delhi: In the 11th league match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), 21-year-old fast bowler Mayank Yadav created a sensation with his remarkable speed. Representing the Lucknow Super Giants, Mayank played his debut IPL match against the Punjab Kings. His performance set a record for fast bowling in debut matches, and he achieved the distinction of bowling the fastest ball in IPL 2024.

Mayank’s impressive debut:

  • Speed Record: Mayank bowled at an astonishing 155.8 kilometers per hour, surpassing any other bowler’s speed in the current IPL season.
  • Dangerous Yorker: Legends and fans alike were surprised by Mayank’s Dangerous Yorker, which added to his impact.
  • Match Stats: In the match against Punjab Kings, Mayank bowled 4 overs, taking 3 wickets for 27 runs.
  • Player of the Match: His outstanding performance helped the Lucknow Super Giants secure victory, making him the first fast bowler to be named Player of the Match on debut.

Breaking records:

  • Fastest Ball: Mayank’s 155.8 kmph delivery broke the record set earlier in the season by Rajasthan Royals’ Nandre Berger (153 kmph).
  • Dot Balls: He bowled 12 dot balls out of his 24 deliveries, putting immense pressure on the opposition.
  • Key Dismissals: Mayank sent prominent batsmen like Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma, and Prabhsimran Singh back to the pavilion.
Mayank Yadav

Background and achievements:

  • CK Nayudu Trophy: Before his IPL debut, Mayank had already made waves in the Under-23 Colonel CK Nayudu Trophy, where he took 15 wickets in 6 matches.
  • List A and T20 Performances: In List A matches, he has 34 wickets in 17 games, and in T20 matches, he boasts 12 wickets in 10 matches.
  • Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mayank’s talent was evident in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he claimed 6 wickets in 5 matches.
  • Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: He continued his form, taking 5 wickets in 4 matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy.
  • Training: Mayank honed his skills at the Sonet Club in Delhi.