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Some Lesser Known Facts About Mayank Yadav

  • Mayank Yadav started playing cricket at a young age with his friends and liked bowling.
  • He belongs to Rataho village, Marauna, Supaul, Bihar but his father moved to Delhi before Mayank was born.
  • His father was a cricket lover and often told him stories about legendary pacers like Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh who often hit batters on the helmet. He was inspired by his father’s talks to become a fast bowler.
  • At the age of ten, he started training at Rohtak Road Gymkhana, Shahdara and trained there for 3 years.
  • When he was 13, he went to Sonnet Cricket Club in Delhi where he trained under Tarak Sinha (popularly known as Ustaadji) and Devendra Sharma.
    Mayank Yadav (standing, third from right) when he played for Sonnet Cricket Club

    Mayank Yadav (standing, third from right) when he played for Sonnet Cricket Club

  • Yadav gave trials for Delhi Under-14 and Delhi Under-16 teams but could not selected.
  • Sharma said in an interview that when Yadav told them that he was a fast bowler, they did not believe it due to his lean body; however, they were amazed at his bowling speed when he bowled in nets.
  • While studying in 10th standard, he decided to take a leave for 4 months to focus on cricket training; however, when the school authorities denied it, he dropped out of school to pursue a cricket career.
  • His parents were worried about his education but he convinced them that he would leave cricket if he could not get selected for the Delhi Under-19 team in the next 6 months. He later played for Delhi Under-19 in the 2019 Cooch Behar Trophy.
    Mayank Yadav when he played for Delhi Under-19

    Mayank Yadav when he played for Delhi Under-19

  • Mayank Yadav liked bowling yorkers and bouncers at an average speed of around 150 kph. He became famous as ‘sar pe maarne wala bowler’ (bowler who hits on the head) in the Delhi domestic circuit.
  • He said in an interview that he has been fascinated by speed since a young age and likes jets, rockets, and superbikes.
  • In 2020, before trials for the Delhi Under-19 team, Services offered him a job paying Rs 50 thousand monthly with an offer to play in all formats of cricket for them; however, he declined the offer as he wanted to play for Delhi.
  • In the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, he was acquired by Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for his base price of Rs 20 lakhs.
    Mayank Yadav during a practice session for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in 2022 IPL season

    Mayank Yadav during a practice session for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 2022 IPL season

  • He said in an interview that he went unsold during the first round of the 2022 IPL auction, hence he stopped watching the auction. He was later informed by his friends that he had been selected in the 2nd round which made him happy and relaxed.
  • He turned his mobile phone into silent mode and watched the details about his team one hour after the auction so that he could tell his friends and family about it.
  • He did not get the chance to play in the 2022 IPL season and got injured during a domestic match in 2023 due to which he did not play in the 2023 IPL season.
    Mayank Yadav during a practice session in 2022 IPL season

    Mayank Yadav during a practice session in the 2022 IPL season

  • In October 2022, he made his T20 debut for Delhi against Manipur in the 2022 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT).
  • On 16 December 2022, during his List-A debut match for Delhi against Haryana in the 2022 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Haryana needed 12 runs in the last 2 overs but Yadav bowled a maiden 49th over to help Delhi win the match.
  • Yadav made his Ranji (first-class) debut on 13 December 2022 for Delhi against Maharashtra.
  • He was the highest wicket-taker for North Zone in the 2023 Deodhar Trophy as he took 12 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 17.58. He bowled a delivery with a speed of 155 kph in the tournament.
  • Yadav played his first IPL match on 30 March 2024 for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 2024 IPL season, he took 3 wickets for 27 runs. He won Man of the Match on his IPL debut.
    Mayank Yadav with Man of the Match award on his IPL debut

    Mayank Yadav with Man of the Match award on his IPL debut

  • He became famous for the delivery bowled with a speed of 155.8 kph which was the fastest delivery of the 2024 IPL season before Gerald Coetzee overtook him on 1 April 2024 with a delivery of 157.4 kph speed.
  • His father, Prabhu Yadav, thanked his coach Tarak Sinha for helping his son with training. He said that he once did not have Rs 65 thousand, required money for a cricket tournament. He then requested Sinha to allow Yadav to play and said that he would pay him later.
    Mayank Yadav with his father

    Mayank Yadav with his father

  • Sinha threw away Prabhu Yadav’s wallet and said that he did not need to pay anything and that he would cover Yadav’s cricketing expenses. He also gave Rs 5000 to Mayank Yadav to buy his first cricketing shoes.
  • Mayank Yadav also thanked his family for supporting him throughout his cricketing journey. His father once said to him that his job was to focus on cricket, and his father would cover all other expenses.
    Mayank Yadav with his elder sister and parents (left to right)

    Mayank Yadav with his elder sister and parents (left to right)

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