India vs Australia 1st T20I: Hard work has no substitute and young Mayank Markande is a prime example of that. After making waves with his impressive bowling performances for Mumbai Indians in the last edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Markande continued to toil hard and made right noises in the domestic circuit. It eventually helped Markande to earn his maiden senior international call-up.
During the first T20 international between India and Australia at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, the 21-year old Markande became the 79th player to represent India in the shortest format of the game. He recently led India A to victory in the second unofficial Test against the England Lions as he picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
In domestic cricket so far, the Bathinda-born spinner has scalped 34 wickets at an impressive average of 21.26 in just 7 first-class matches. He has picked up three five-wicket hauls. In 22 List A matches, Markande has 45 wickets against his name at an astounding average of 19.97 with two four-wicket hauls.
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“It’s a dream come true, I had never thought I will get an opportunity to play for India so soon. It’s a very big thing and I am extremely happy,” Markande had told Cricketnext after his selection.
“Credit goes to the team management, Rohit bhaiyya had told me that I was bowling well and should be prepared to play. Rahul Sanghvi sir helped me a lot in the nets. Even Rohit bhaiya said to not hesitate and ask him about anything, he encouraged me a lot,” he added.
Markande had come to notice in the IPL 2018 opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings when he trapped MS Dhoni LBW with a googly that skidded through. He then went on to pick the wickets of Ambati Rayudu and Deepak Chahar in that match.
It was just the start of the something big for Markande, as he became the leading-wicket taker as well at one stage of the IPL 2018. Markande played all 14 matches for Mumbai Indians and impressed with his 15 wickets at 24.53 with one four-wicket haul as well.
Australia too have a T20I debutant in form of Peter Handscomb in their playing XI for the 1st T20I versus India in Vizag. Handscomb became the 94th T20I player for Australia, as Marcus Stoinis handed him his cap.