Was Mayank Yadav Set To Play For India? His Club Coach Makes Big Claim After Fiery IPL Debut


Mayank Yadav was close to being included in India's Test squad for the Test series vs England.© BCCI

Mayank Yadav was an unknown commodity in world cricket until he made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) against Punjab Kings on Saturday. The Delhi-born fast bowler announced his arrival in IPL 2024 with a sensational display of pace bowling, in which the youngster bowled the fastest ball of this year's competition. During the match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Lucknow on Saturday, Mayank made no difference as his 155.8 kmph pace left Shikhar Dhawan in trouble. The 21-year-old eventually took three crucial wickets as Lucknow Super Giants recorded their first win of IPL 2024.

Now, Mayank's coach, Devender Sharma, has claimed that the fast bowler was considered for a place in India's Test squad for the recently concluded Test series against England.

Speaking to RevSportz, Devender suggested that chief selector Ajit Agarkar wanted to see Mayank bowl before selecting him. However, he was ruled out at that time due to injury.

“He was very sad, almost broken down. Who would want to give up the chance to impress the chief selector and play for India? I pray to God that he keeps going and stays fit. He is a very good and strong bodied kid. He has an athletic body. He is very hard-working and has the ability to serve India for a long time. He has a good mind and that is what is most important,” Devendra told RevSportz.

Devender, who runs the prestigious Sonnet Club, also revealed that Rishabh Pant and Sourav Ganguly wanted Mayank to join Delhi Capitals. He also said that Gujarat Titans' Ashish Nehra is also interested in the fast bowler.

Let us tell you that Mayank was bought by LSG for Rs 20 lakh before IPL 2022. However, he did not play a single match that season.

The following season he missed the tournament due to injury.

Mayank first came into limelight during the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021. On his tournament debut, he bowled a maiden over in the 49th over, helping Delhi defend 12 runs in the last 12 balls against Haryana.

(With PTI inputs)

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