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Concealed prospect for Mumbai Indians

CSK won the opener against MI by just one wicket, thanks to the splendid innings by Bravo who smashed the MI bowlers to all corners of the ground by scoring 68 runs off 30 balls, marking the return of the kings in style after serving a ban for two years.

A 20-year-old youngster stole the show in the same match with his unplayable leg-breaks and the wrong un's thereby finishing with 3/23. This is the best figures by a debutant for MI seconded only to Lasith Malinga's 3/15 against the same opposition in 2009.

Who expected this young lad to take the game against SRH till the last over? While everyone expected the chase to be a cakewalk for SRH in their own backyard, this young lad took four vital wickets bringing back MI into the game.

If you are a follower of IPL, you would have known by now, who this bloke is. If not, his name is Mayank Markande.
Guarding MI with his purple cap, the cricketing world was held captive by Mayank's performance in the last couple of matches

But, Who exactly is this Mayank Markande?

This 20- year old hails from Punjab and was a part of the U19 CWC squad for India in 2016.

He made his domestic circuit debut in this season, 2017-18 by featuring in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and the recently concluded Vijay Hazare trophy. Hailing from Bathinda, Punjab this young star has always idolized the spin wizard, Shane Warne.

Starting off his career as a pacer, he used to bowl back of the hand slower delivery in an eccentric style with great effect. Therefore, his coach convinced him to switch towards leg-spin as googly is also bowled in the same manner.

He was bought for a base price of 20 lakhs in the IPL auctions.

The youngster mentioned that he has received over "37 missed calls and 300 messages" on the day of the auction after he switched on his mobile as he was busy playing a game for Punjab.

Moreover, he wasn't able to exult the moment until Rahul Sanghvi, the manager of MI spoke to him over the phone to share this news.

Even after being picked up in the squad he was not convinced that he is going to feature in any of the matches, but he was glad to be associated with such a prime franchise and also believed that this would enable to him to build his exposure.

With his two breath-taking performances, Mayank has a greater prospect of making into the senior team as the demand for the leg/wrist spinners in overseas conditions is growing.

MI still has a long way to go in the league stage of IPL, but it will be interesting to see his approach towards the batsmen in the shortest format of the game as he is a known entity now at the big stage.

Cricket Probe wishes him all the luck to shine brighter than he actually is.


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