A little hero was born in Sharma family on 11th November 1997 in Bathinda, Punjab.
This newborn boy was introduced as Mayank Markande to all but his family members called him Manku with love and this name turned to his nickname by his father Bikram Sharma and mother Sandeep Sharma. He has a family with two brothers and 4 sisters to whom he loves a lot. Nobody knew that this boy with zodiac sign Scorpio will turn to be a cricketer by profession someday. But since early childhood, he developed an interest in cricket and joined the cricket academy at the age of 8 only in 2006. He wanted to become the pacer initially, but his coach Mahesh Inder Singh Sodhi suggested him to become spinner due to lack of pace. His father Sandeep Sharma is a government employee and his mother Sandeep Sharma owns a boutique. This handsome guy has now turned 21 now and it is no doubt that every girl would admire this 5’7’’ tall guy. His dark brown eyes are the center of attraction for everyone. Mayank Markande is one of the rising talents in India. He is a spin bowler who has a skillful change of pace and made his mark in IPL 11. Talks of him being included in the squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 have started even though he is still relatively young, and has a long career ahead He showed time and again with his franchise in Mumbai Indians that he can deliver when it matters the most and does not surrender under pressure easily. He is a well-known Indian Cricketer now. He is a Hindu Brahmin by caste. This young cricketer is the right-arm leg break bowler who represents Punjab in the domestic cricket. He came to spotlight when he troubled the players in his debut IPL season who represents Mumbai Indian in 2018. He is a graduate and it was in rumors that a lady named Adhita Anusha is his girlfriend which is not yet confirmed by him.
Playing role of Mayank- Bowler
Batting style of this stunning guy- Right-hand bat with bowling style as Leg-break
On January 14, 2018, Markande made his T20 debut for Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017-18. With his eye-catching capability with leg spin, He was bought by Mumbai Indians in the IPL Auction 2018 for the base price of Rs.20 lakhs.
On on February 7, 2018, he made his List A debut for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017-18. Mayank made his IPL debut in the opener against CSK in 2018 and bagged 3 wickets.
Markande, who has played T20 and ODI formats in Domestic cricket is yet to play any Ranji games. He has 10 wickets in List A and 12 wickets in T20 games. He made a dream IPL debut for Mumbai Indians by taking more than 10 wickets for the season.
Mayank Markande is a young leg-spinner, with a googly that’s good enough to trick the best in the business. He started off as a medium pacer, but his coach Mahender Singh Sodhi convinced him to switch to leg-spin in his teens on spotting his small frame and a good slower one from the back of his hand.
Mayank trapped MS Dhoni LBW with a sharp googly which he did not read to get his first IPL wicket. He followed it up with a four-fer against Sunrisers Hyderabad and vital wickets against most teams in the first half of the league-leading to him having the purple cap for a significant amount of time.
His Favorite ball is googly and once he stated that his favorite sports personalities are stunning bowler Shane Warne. Markande took 29 wickets in the 7 matches he played in the U16 Vijay Merchant Trophy.
Mayank Markande’s Statistics:
Batting and fielding averages
The franchise picked him in the mega-auction for his base price of Rs 20 Lakhs
after a successful trial for Mumbai Indians. He was not aware of the same as he was presenting for Punjab in a match as the cricketer received 37 missed calls and 300 messages. He only believed the news when the manager of Mumbai Indians called him and congratulated on being picked for the franchise.
Mayank Markande returned with the best bowling figures of 3/23 for Mumbai Indians on debut as a spinner in the first game of the season in 2018. After Lasith Malinga who had registered the figures of 3/15, this was also the second-best performance overall as a debutant of MI.
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Some Lesser Known Facts about Mayank Markande:
- He was initially a fast bowler and was very expert in rounding the arms reverse and bowl the slower delivery.
- Then his coach Mahender Singh Sodhi advised him to become a leg-spinner after seeing him bowling googly.
- He considers Shane Warne as his idol.
- He was chosen for Punjab’s under 19 at the age of 16 and India under 19 after 1 year at the age of 17.
- When he was debuting for Punjab under 16 in 2013-14, he took 7 wickets in the first inning and 11 wickets in next match.
- Markande attracted everyone in the U16 Vijay Merchant Trophy during 2013/14 season by picking as many as 29 wickets in just 7 matches at an amazing average rate of 18.24 while playing for Punjab.
- Mayank is very fond of gymming and has a schedule for it.
“He is raring for upcoming games and I am sure there are more such performances in the offing from him. Getting Dhoni’s on a googly was the highlight of his debut spell for him,” said Mahesh Inder Singh, a former Punjab Ranji Trophy cricketer and also the father of former Indian cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi has been training Mayank at his academy.
Mayank had impressed the Mumbai Indians team during one of the trials held in Mumbai in January. Amusingly, he was not keeping a tab on the auction and it was one of his friends who called him up to tell about his selection. “I was not actually hoping to be picked in the auction. I was surprised to know that I was bought by Mumbai Indians,” Mayank had told this after the selection. Mayank, who admires Australian legend Shane Warne, snapped wickets of Ambati Rayudu (22), MS Dhoni (5) and Deepak Chahar, defeating all three with googlies. He could have added Kedar Jadhav’s wicket also to his kitty had Mumbai Indians gone for a review.
Popular Pakistani sports anchor Zainab Abbas compared him with top leg spinners of the world after Mayank’s dream debut in the IPL against Chennai Super Kings.
Former India spinner Venkatapathy Raju praised Mayank Markande as got impressed with leg-spinner his bowling for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, and termed control as the rookie’s strongest point while also describing Sunrisers Hyderabad as having the best bowling attack.
Raju said during an interaction – “Markande, the main thing is (his) first year (and the) first match and they (MI) made him play which itself shows the talent he has. You have seen a lot of youngsters come in and they sit (out) for a year, then they are put in,“.
When asked about Markande’s stock delivery, he stated that “The strongest point for him is controlling at that age. Showing no fear seeing who the opponent is or who the batsman is, he is just going about his bowling and that little variation. The speed and length of what he is bowling is amazing.”
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan might be on different sides in the Indian Premier League but they were united when it came to praising for young Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Mayank Markande.
Speaking about what Mayank Markande felt during the Purple Cap presentation, he replied: “It was a great feeling for me, my first season, feeling very happy. He (Rohit) didn’t tell me a lot, just asked me to stick to the basics.”
Mayank Markande’s journey from the byways of Bhatinda in Punjab to playing against Chennai Superkings in Wankhede Stadium is an intriguing one.
Hard work for a couple of years and his previous know-how about bowling googlies helped him develop as a clever leg spinner.
MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Wriddhiman Saha, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, and Shakib Al Hasan have been Mayank Markande’s 7 victims so far.6 of them are seasoned international batsmen and they have struggled to bat against him. His googlies are extremely difficult to pick up. Even though Mumbai Indians lost both their opening games, Mayank’s exceptional bowling display has not gone unnoticed.
Mayank also believed that Harbhajan Singh alias bhajji helped him shape his career all along.
India is happy to have this emerging bright leg-spinner in cricket.