Updated April 3rd, 2024 at 13:59 IST

'Ishant bhai told me...': Mayank Yadav reveals Ishant Sharma's golden advice on compromising speed

India's newest pace sensation Mayank Yadav reveals the tips he got from Ishant Sharma, a veteran of 100-plus Tests and another senior pacer Navdeep Saini.

Ishant Sharma's advice to Mayank Yadav | Image:BCCI
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Mayank Yadav has the world at his feet at the moment after another scorching spell against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday. Mayank Yadav’s brilliant spell fashioned Lucknow Super Giants’ 28-run romp over RCB in their IPL match. Mayank’s scorching three-wicket haul (3/14) was not to be denied as the hosts were bundled out for 153. 

Having already bowled this IPL season's fastest delivery (156.7 kmph) against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), India's newest pace sensation, during his conversation, with 'Jio Cinema' spoke about the tips he got from Ishant, a veteran of 100-plus Tests and another senior pacer Navdeep Saini.

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Talented fast bowlers are often told to trade-off pace for more variations but Mayank Yadav, at the very onset, received golden advice from his illustrious Delhi senior Ishant Sharma -- never compromise on speed to acquire other skills.

"All the bowlers I spoke to in Delhi, Ishant bhai and Saini bhai, they all told me that even if I wanted to try anything new, I should play around my speed.

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"If I want to add a new skill, it should be around my speed and that I don't need to add any skills that could compromise my speed," said Mayank While the focus is on taking as many wickets as possible in a winning cause, the intent of generating pace through every delivery is always there at the back of his mind.

"My attention isn't on speed as much as it is on taking wickets and contributing to the team by taking wickets. However, it's always in the back of my mind that when I am bowling deliveries, I need to put pace behind them.

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"After a match, I always ask people what the highest speed was but during the match, I am only focused on my bowling." Yadav has got high praise for his performances so far, the latest being a 3/14 effort against RCB last night. 

(with PTI inputs)

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Published April 3rd, 2024 at 13:34 IST