Who is Mayank Yadav, the 21-year-old fast bowling sensation who almost broke Umran Malik's 157 kmph record in IPL?

In the 11th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), LSG's Mayank Yadav delivered the fastest ball of the season, 155.8 kmph during the match against Punjab Kings (PBKS).

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Starting an Indian Premier League (IPL) career with a 'Player of the Match' award is a dream for many, but Mayank Yadav lived it. In the 11th match of the IPL between the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), Mayank's bowling spell made him a sensation. Even though it was his debut match, he played confidently and in the first over of his spell he bowled at a constant speed of 150 kmph, the highest being recorded at 155.8 kmph. 

In addition, he was economical as well as he just gave away 27 runs in four overs and dismissed three batters. His fastest delivery was bowled to Shikhar Dhawan who was taken aback by the delivery. Mayank, the 21-year-old pacer from Delhi, performed extraordinarily in the CK Nayudu Trophy (U23), picking up 15 wickets in just six matches. Also, in the 2023 Deodhar Trophy, he bagged 12 wickets in five matches with an astounding average of 17.58. 

Even though Mayank bowled the fastest delivery of the season, he stayed behind Umran Malik, who in 2022, bowled the fastest delivery by an Indian who clocked 157 kmph. Umran and Mayank are the only two Indians on the list to have recorded deliveries over 155 kmp. Apart from them, Shaun Tait, Lockie Ferguson and Anrich Nortje are others to have achieved this feat.   

"First wicket (Bairstow) was special" - Mayank Yadav on his debut

LSG's Mayank Yadav became an overnight sensation with his brilliant bowling in the match against Punjab Kings. His performance helped LSG win the match by 21 runs. For his fantastic performance of 3/21, he was given the 'Player of the Match' award. Moreover, at the post-match presentation, Mayank expressed his emotions on his debut match and how he felt after taking his first wicket. 

"Never thought it would be such a good debut. Was nervous before the match. Tried to stick to my pace and aim at the stumps. Was thinking about using slower ones initially, but stuck to the quick ones. First wicket (Bairstow) was special. It's good to debut at such a young age. Had a few goals, but can't help if injuries come in the way," said Mayank Yadav at the post-match presentation.

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