Though Chennai Super Kings won a thriller of a match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede the other night, a young debutant from Mumbai Indians impressed one and all, thanks to a brilliant performance.
20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande picked up three CSK wickets including that of CSK captain MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu, and sent the CSK team into a downfall; before Dwayne Bravo pulled the rug from under Mumbai's feet with a 30-ball 68.
Markande, who has not played any Ranji Trophy cricket, did enough to impress his coach Mahela Jayawardene.
"I thought he bowled brilliantly, we backed him when we saw him first at our camp. We knew that he was special. He came for two trial games for us, both him and (Rahul) Chahar," Jayawardene said. "We backed our youngsters. We knew that this is the year we had to do that. The stadium was packed against CSK and he bowled well, I am pleased for him," he said.
"I think it is the accuracy. He is quite accurate and probably a bit different to a normal leg-spinner as well. The way he delivers the ball, the control he has with his variations. And he is very confident for a guy who has not played much T20 cricket. His attitude is great and we want to back those guys, give them an opportunity and see what happens," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)