Mayank Yadav’s Inspiration: How Jet Planes Guided India’s New Pace Star

Apr1,2024



Speed ​​thrills and excites India's latest fast bowling sensation Mayank Yadav, his passion has evolved since childhood, where the sleek lines of jet planes, the awe-inspiring power of rockets and the raw power of superbikes captured his imagination Is. The 21-year-old took everyone by surprise when he clocked a top speed of 150 kmph during Lucknow Super Giants' 21-run win over Punjab Kings on Saturday. Mayank (3/27) made headlines with his pace. In the 12th over of Punjab's innings, he bowled the ball at the fastest speed of 155.8 km per hour of the season. His extra pace troubled Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh and Jitesh Sharma and led to PBKS's collapse. He consistently clocked 150 kmph and above on the speedometer during his four-over spell, for which he was named player of the match.

He said, “Even in normal life, apart from cricket, I like things which have speed. Be it a rocket, an airplane or a superbike, speed excites me. As a child, I used to like jet planes and I get inspiration from them. Used to take.” Mayank in the press conference after the match.

The fast bowler from New Delhi's Punjabi Bagh said, “I have never bowled a ball at 156 kmph before. I bowled at 155 kmph during Mushtaq Ali, but this is my fastest ball. “

Mayank had played just two List A games before being picked up by LSG ahead of IPL 2022. He did not play a single match in the first season and was ruled out of the following season with a torn hamstring.

After recovering from the injury, he played for North Zone in the 50-over Deodhar Trophy, where he uprooted Rahul Tripathi's middle stump with a ripper.

“Injuries are part of fast bowlers' life, they are your friends. In the last one-and-a-half year, I suffered two-three major injuries. Those were my failures.

“Even in the last season, I was not able to play in the IPL due to injury. I had a side strain injury along with fractured ribs and it happened after Vijay Hazare. My effort is to train and recover physically and myself. But let's pay more attention.” It is natural that Mayank would take inspiration from the pace merchant – South African great Dale Steyn.

“I look up to only one fast bowler and that is Dale Steyn. He is my idol and I admire him a lot.” Talking about his game plan on Saturday, he said, “JL (head coach Justin Langer) or even Morne Morkel (bowling coach) didn't say anything special about what I needed to work on. They know that my hard length ball is great along with the pace.

“He just told me to keep the plan simple, use pace and bowl hard length balls as much as possible and also bowl balls that can end up on the stumps.” He said that he did not feel any pressure or nervousness during his debut match.

“There was a lot of excitement about my debut. For the last two years, the only thing I have been imagining is how I will feel when I bowl the first ball when I debut. Everyone said there would be some pressure or nervousness but I didn't feel it at all.

“When my captain asked me to bowl the first over, I felt within myself that this is where I belong and I had a lot of confidence.” Throwing light on his goals, Mayank said, “My goal is always to be consistent and give less runs to help the team. Pace is a plus point for me which I try to use well.” When asked how he came into limelight, he said, 'Two years ago, before the IPL mega auction, I was with the Delhi team for Vijay Hazare against UP, assistant coach Vijay Dahiya sir saw me there. Was.

“There they showed interest in me, they asked me for videos of my bowling before the IPL auction. I think from there they picked me.” PTI PDS PDS APA APA

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