Brett Lee delivers huge verdict on Mayank Yadav after Indian pacer’s lightning strikes on speed gun | Cricket | Top Vip News

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India, we have a new pacer in town… and his name is Mayank Yadav. Setting the speed gun on fire, the 21-year-old made headlines during IPL 2024 when he bowled the fastest ball of the season at a blistering speed of 155.8 kmph. That’s very fast. It is the fifth-fastest ball ever bowled in IPL history (Shaun Tait holds the record for the fastest at 157.7 km/h) and the second-fastest by an Indian behind Umran Malik.

Brett Lee liked what he saw from rookie Indian pacer Mayank Yadav (Getty-PTI)

Mayank’s effort was praised by all but the night became even sweeter for the young Indian when he received a seal of approval from none other than the OG beat king himself, Brett Lee. The former Australian fast shared a brilliant post on Mayank, which read: “India have just found their fastest bowler. Mayank Yadav, raw rhythm. Very impressive”

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Making his IPL debut representing the Lucknow Super Giants, Yadav finished with figures of 3/27, earning him Player of the Match as LSG defeated Punjab Kings by 21 runs for their first win of the season. Of the 24 balls bowled, Mayank crossed 145 kmph or more in 18 of them, which is a remarkable feat in itself. Introduced in the 10th innings, Mayank was hit by two boundaries, one each from Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan.

But he began his second innings and 12th innings registering a velocity that now promises to make him a household name. Bowled at nearly 156 kmph, his pace overtook Dhawan as the PBKS captain gave himself space but failed to connect bat to ball. Although, that was not all. Mayank built on it and bowled one bolt after another, including a 153 kmph ripper in the same over and choked the life out of PBKS’s innings.

The Kings were making good progress in their chase of 200, reaching 102 before another deafening delivery forced Bairstow into a rash shot that lost his wicket. His third over was equally threatening as he dismissed Prabhsimran Singh and followed it up with the wicket of the dangerous Jitesh Sharma in his last over, which included speeds of 152 kph, 153 kph and 154 kph. Truly sensational.

Last season’s injury was tough: Mayank

LSG picked Mayank ahead of IPL 2023 auction for his base price of $20 lakh, but unfortunately the pacer had to miss the entire season due to injury. However, as the old saying goes, better late than never. LSG did a great job of keeping Mayank under wraps as when it was his time to shine, he simply swept away the opposition.

“I’ve always heard from others that there is nervousness on debuts, but that goes away after the first ball. The plan was not to be under too much pressure and play to the stumps and take advantage of the pace as much as possible. There was the idea of ​​At the beginning I mixed the pace but the wicket helped me and the captain told me to bowl gas. The debut wicket was the favourite. Coming out of injury last season was tough, I had set a target of debuting at a young age but the injuries were a setback,” he said after winning the POTM award.

While Mayank mixed pace with precision, making it unplayable, LSG stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran had one of the best seats in the house watching the fast pace operate at full capacity. Terming Mayank’s spell as the ‘story of the night’, Pooran said that Mayank’s performance inspired the team and noted that the teammates were extremely happy and happy that the rookie got a chance and were immediately impressed.

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