IPL 2024: Rabada hails Mayank’s raw pace and accuracy, sees him playing T20 World Cup

IPL 2024: Rabada hails Mayank's raw pace and accuracy, sees him playing T20 World Cup

Deeply impressed by the sheer speed and pinpoint accuracy displayed by Mayank Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, the leading pace bowler for South Africa and Punjab, sees the LSG pacer as a “prospective asset” for India’s T20 World Cup squad. Hailing from Delhi, the 21-year-old has consistently shattered the speed barrier in every game. In a remarkable display of his talent, he unleashed a blistering 156.7 kmph delivery against the RCB on Tuesday night. This outstanding performance secured Yadav his second consecutive man-of-the-match award in his debut season, driving the Lucknow Super Giants to a commanding victory. Rabada’s Punjab were on the receiving end of Mayank’s blitz of short-pitched deliveries last week, when the debutant hit three times with his rattling pace. The South African, one of the game’s top pacers, also praised Mayank’s incredible precision.

“He has got something that you cannot buy and that is raw pace. That is what exactly he is exploiting and exploiting it extremely well,” Rabada told PTI in an interview. “The lengths that he hits, his plan is clear and now batters are going to be aware of what he can bring to the party but it is pretty obvious he has got immense pace and it seems he can control where he wants to bowl. When you have got pace and control as well, and he understands his role. So, when you have got clarity, it is no surprise that he is turning out performances like that,” Rabada added.

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Mayank is only two games into the IPL, but his name is already being mentioned as a possible selection in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup in the United States and the Caribbean. Rabada believes he can’t be disregarded. “At this stage, he is looking hot and I have no doubt selectors will be looking at him at as a potential guy in the team but that is none of my business. To my understanding, he will definitely be looked at as a potential pick.”

The IPL 2024 has taken on greater significance since it precedes the T20 World Cup in June, where Rabada will try to assist South Africa achieve an elusive ICC title. However, he is totally dedicated to the Punjab’s campaign this season. “My goal is to play each and every game and to make myself available for each and every game this IPL. The rest is up to the coach and management. Leading up to the World Cup, if picked, it is something that I would love to be involved in. The IPL would definitely be a test to see where you are at and and see where you can be a bit better and brush up. At the same time, it is about trying to win games for Punjab.”

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Apr 3, 2024

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