Mayank Markande makes his T20 debut. (Image Credit: Twitter)
New Delhi :
India and Australia are all set to play the first of two-match T20 series. Interestingly, India has made some interesting changes to the squad. At the toss, Virat Kohli announced that Mayank Markande will be making his debut. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to this pressure and deliver his best game. The Australian skipper Aaron Finch has won the toss and has asked the opposition to have a bat first.
The young sensation had earlier picked a five-wicket haul in the four-day game against England Lions and soon after the game was finished, he was picked for the squad. Mayank, who made his domestic circuit debut in 2018 for Punjab has been working regressively with the full fortitude since then. He is known to toss the ball up and give extra flight and eventually gives him the all-important breakthroughs.
In what is a testimony to Mumbai Indians' scouting team, Markande was picked up from nowhere in the 2018 auction for 20 lakhs after he impressed the think tank in the pre-auction trials. He won over the captain's confidence as well in the nets and was thrown into the deep sea straightaway as Mumbai chose to field him in their starting eleven over bigger names.
Earlier to India call up, Mayank also boarded the flight to Dubai for the preparatory camp of Asia Cup. Mayank was seen having long chats with the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who was advising him about his bowling.
In what was a testimony to his talent, he has been named as a part of the India T20 squad in the Quadrangular One-Day series. He has made a solid kick start to his career, ticking most boxes in impressing the experts in the IPL.
With just a little over ten minutes to start, Mayank must be having the butterflies in his stomach.