IPL 2024
Mayank’s ability to control length was impressive, says Faf du Plessis
By SMCS - Apr 3, 2024 10:00 am
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RCB captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that Mayank Yadav’s ability to control length while bowling was impressive on Tuesday night in their defeat to Lucknow Super Giants. Mayank once again stepped up by picking three wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Mayank Yadav
Mayank Yadav

“It is the new action you haven’t faced before, and especially if there is a bit of pace behind it that’s really promising,” du Plessis said after the loss. “It takes batters time to get used to someone’s action to see how the ball is coming out of the hand. So obviously pace is one thing but what impressed me tonight was his ability to control length and bowl with some really good discipline as well, so it’s the pace combined with accuracy.”

While ruing the dropped chances of Quinton de Kock and Nicholas Pooran cost them huge, du Plessis also urged the batters to step up in the games as well. While RCB did try to do well in the middle with the ball, they failed to restrict LSG from getting a good start in the powerplay which eventually went against them.

“You need partnerships, you need two guys to bat together and get a partnership and we never got that,” he admitted. “Disappointing that we didn’t do it with the bat so we got to make sure the strong characters in the dressing room really put their hand up.”

Meanwhile, KL Rahul praised LSG’s pace sensation Mayank Yadav for coming back strongly after not featuring in the previous two editions as well.

Mayank Yadav
Mayank Yadav

“The chat was very simple – there’s a bit of help in the wicket, try and use the wicket, not to go for the yorkers really quickly,” KL Rahul said on his side’s strategy. “Here in Chinnaswamy, the pressure can come on you really quickly with one or two fours/sixes in an over, just changes everything. It’s important to stay calm and keep trusting that the wicket will help us.”

“He’s quietly patiently waited for two seasons in the dug-out, missed out last year because of injury unfortunately,” he observed. “But he’s been in Bombay with the physios working really hard. He understands that bowling 155 is not easy and in a very young age, he’s already had a few injuries. He’s really professional in looking after his body, it’s really good to see and has a great temperament. Enjoying seeing him bowl from probably 20 yards behind the stumps, that’s where I’d like to be when he’s bowling.”

“This is just a start and my focus is on the main goal,” he concluded, “To bowl with pace a lot of things are required (in terms of fitness). Diet, sleep, training, you need everything to be perfect if you want to bowl fast. So my focus is on dieting and recovery, ice bath and all. That is helping me at this time.”