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|Full name:||Mayank Markande|
|Date of Birth (Age):||November 11, 1997 (25)|
|Hometown:||Bathinda, Punjab, India|
|Batting Style:||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style:||Right Handed Leg Break|
|Social Media:||Twitter, Instagram|
|League||T20i||First class||List a||T20|
|League||T20i||First class||List a||T20|
Mayank Markande, a youthful leg-spinner with a googly that can fool the best in the industry, is one of those genuine IPL products. He began as a medium pacer, but when he was in his teens, his coach persuaded him to switch to leg spin after noticing his small physique and a decent slower one from the back of his hand.
He has been interested in cricket since he was a young boy, and in 2006, at the age of 8, he enrolled in a cricket academy. Mayank initially intended to be a pacemaker, but his coaches advised him to switch to spinning because of his physique and slow speed. Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, according to India's wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra, gave Mayank the chance to show off his skills.
In the 2018 domestic season, he played a few games for Punjab as a 20-year-old and made his List A and T20 debuts. Markande was selected for 20 lakhs in the 2018 auction after impressing the think tank during the pre-auction trials, which is a testament to Mumbai Indians' scouting squad. He gained the captain's trust at the practice grounds as well, and Mumbai picked him over more well-known players to play in their starting lineup.
Mayank got his maiden IPL wicket by trapping MS Dhoni LBW with a crisp googly that the veteran pro failed to read in what may have been the biggest moment of his life. He then went on to take crucial wickets against most teams in the first half of the league including a four-for against Sunrisers Hyderabad, earning him the purple cap for a considerable period of time.
The news quickly circulated on the ground, and before even playing his first First Class match, he was selected for India A side in the quadrangular One-Day series and was given a ticket to play in the Deodhar Trophy. He then went on to become Punjab's top wicket-taker with 29 wickets in his first Ranji season. A first call-up for the national T20I team against the touring Australians, a selection that even by his own admission was an out of the blue surprise, came after he finished off the England Lions with a superb fifer for India A early in 2019.
He fell out of favour with the MI team think tank the following season due to a combination of injuries and the ascent of fellow leggie Rahul Chahar, and he scarcely contributed to the club's run to the title. He was subsequently traded to Delhi Capitals after the 2019 season in exchange for West Indian all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford. Markande was consequently released by Delhi and signed by Rajasthan at the 2020 auctions.
Markande may be the next great thing to emerge from India's illustrious spin stables at a time when wrist spinners are the new "it" thing in cricket. He also has age in his favour. The talented bowler, who has 59 wickets from 17 appearances for the state squad, looks up to spinner Shane Warne. Although he was a member of the 2006 U19 World Cup team, he was unable to earn a place on the international roster. On January 14, 2018, Markande made his T20 debut against Jammu and Kashmir in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He took a wicket and bowled four overs with an economy of 5.25. Although Punjab lost the game with a score of 23 runs, Mayank attracted attention. On February 7, 2018, he made his List-A debut against Haryana in the Group-A Vijay Hazare Trophy game. With just 37 runs scored in his 10 overs, Mayank was fairly economical, taking two wickets.
Mayank's domestic performance, particularly in the short overs format, has been outstanding, and the Mumbai Indians chose him for Rs. 20 lacs in the 2018 IPL auction, which was placed in January before his List-A debut. In the 2018 IPL, Mayank Markande made a sensational debut for the Mumbai Indians, scoring 3-23 against the Chennai Super Kings. He was fired by the team for the 2020 season after a forgettable 2019 campaign.
The first player to be moved twice during the Indian Premier League (IPL) transfer window was Mayank Markande. Before the 2020 IPL season, he was initially moved from the Mumbai Indians to the Delhi Capitals and then to the Rajasthan Royals. He was again bought by the Mumbai Indians in 2022 but did not perform as per expectations and was released ahead of the 2023 auction, where the 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for his wrist spin.
Mayank finished off the England Lions with a strong finish for India. Early in 2019, he received the first sign of his skyrocketing stock: a call-up for the national T20I team against the visiting Australians. Even he admits that the selection came as a complete shock. On February 24, 2019, he played his first T20I for India against Australia. India lost the game, as Markande failed to complete his four required overs by taking a single wicket.
With the 2024 T20 World Cup on the cards and the chances of Hardik Pandya captaining the Indian Team, there will be eyes locked on the performance of Mayank Markande in the 2023 edition of the IPL. He would look to have an amazing season and eventually debut for the Indian Team.
International & Domestic:
IPL Team Mumbai Indians have a tradition of awarding a player of the match award to their best performing player or players at the end of each match in their dressing room, irrespective of whether they win the match or not. In one such instance, Mayank Markande was awarded the same for his performance against the Gujarat TItans with the ball.
Some roles were reversed here. Two of the most promising youngsters of the Mumbai Indians team were seen reversing their roles in the nets. Ishan Kishan was seen bowling wrist spin and Mayank Markande took the bat to swing some. Here is an interesting video of the same.
Mayank Markande can field brilliantly too. He took some magnificent catches and saved boundaries for the Mumbai Indians in his three-year long stint. Here is one such catch in the 2022 season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Mayank Markande resides in his home in Bathinda, Punjab with his family.
About Mayank's early education, he finished his elementary education at Yadavindra Public School in Patiala and has since obtained his graduation degree at Patiala University.
In both domestic and international cricket, Mayank has displayed strong performance. As his primary source of income, he makes money playing cricket. Mayank Markande's net worth ranges from 7 to 15 crores of rupees. He also receives compensation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India because they included his name among the active players.
Mayank began competing in the Indian Premier League with the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 season. He spent two years playing there. Later, Rajasthan Royals acquired him from Mumbai Indians. From the IPL, he has made more than INR 5 crores.