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Mayank Yadav is the next big thing in Indian cricket and looking forward to seeing him bowl: Brett Lee
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Mayank Yadav is the next big thing in Indian cricket and looking forward to seeing him bowl: Brett Lee

Former Australian pacer Brett Lee advised Lucknow Super Giants sensation Mayak Yadav to go slow and not rush when it comes to the latter’s cricket.

New Delhi: The former Australian pacer rated young sensation Mayank Yadav as the ‘next big thing’ for India and opined that the Lucknow Super Giants fast bowler needed to be properly taken care of. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene in the ongoing Indian Premier League with his raw pace and control. He consistently clocked 150 kmph in each of the three matches he played before suffering a stomach ache against Gujarat Titans on April 7.

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Yadav was immediately sidelined for almost two weeks, forcing him to miss five matches. However, he bounced back against Mumbai Indians, bowling at great speed (140 km per hour to be precise) and also taking a wicket. But the LSG pacer could only bowl 3.1 overs before leaving the field. Providing an update, LSG head coach Justin Langer confirmed that the youngster felt pain again in the same spot.

Lee, a fast bowler himself during his playing days, advised Yadav to go slow and not rush things. Unfortunately, I had the feeling that he had to rush back to the bowling alley after an injury. I have had a side strain in my life, two muscle tears, which is unheard of for a fast bowler,” Lee continued, in response to a question from India.com during a promotional event at the Australian High Commission in the capital on Thursday.

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“But I know that after a side muscle tear it takes a long time and doesn’t take two weeks to recover. You have to take enough rest and that’s where the strength comes from,” added the 47-year-old, who won the 2003 World Cup and two ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and 2009 in the Australian jersey.

With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj to name a few, currently ruling Indian fast bowling, Lee felt Yadav is the star in the making. He is the next best thing for India. I’ve said before that I’m looking forward to seeing him bowl. To be honest, I wasn’t even bowling at 150 km/s at that time. He has more pace,” added the 2012 IPL winner with Kolkata Knight Riders.

Meanwhile, Yadav has been ruled out of the rest of the ongoing IPL season. In four matches of IPL 2024, Mayank has taken seven wickets at an average of 12.14 and an economy rate of 6.98, with the best bowling figures of 3/14.



Pub Date: May 9, 2024 6:00 PM IST



Updated Date: May 9, 2024 6:01 PM IST