Marco Jansen, who made his IPL debut on Friday for Mumbai Indians, thanked legendary speedster Dale Steyn for his praiseful remarks about the youngster. Marco Jansen, 20, returned with figures of 2/28 in the IPL 2021 opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
The left-arm pacer picked wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed to dent RCB’s innings. Despite RCB managing to win the game on the last ball, chasing down 160, however, Marco Jansen impressed everyone, including Steyn, with his accurate yorkers, and calmness in the last over where he was tasked to defend just 7 runs against the likes of AB de Villiers.
“Well done tonight Marco Jansen! May have lost but you can be very proud,” Dale Steyn tweeted.
Well done tonight Marco Jansen!
May have lost but you can be very proud 👊👊👊
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) April 9, 2021
“I am thankful to Steyn for watching the game and also making good comments on Twitter. I am personally not on Twitter but I am very happy that I have made a positive impact to the team,” Marco Jansen said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians.
Glad that I could come back and make a good impact in the game: Marco Jansen
After the 1-over opening spell of Jasprit Bumrah, Marco Jansen, who was picked ahead of Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Milne, was given the ball in the 4th over. It was not an ideal start for the bowler, as RCB skipper, Virat Kohli, and Washinton Sundar took him for 14 runs; he was removed from the attack.
However, the left-arm pacer came back strongly with a 6-run over at mid-innings. In his 3rd over he bagged his maiden IPL wicket, the big scalp of Glenn Maxwell, who was set and ready for the final assault to finish the game; Marco Jansen got rid of Shahbaz Ahmed as well on the last ball of the same over before coming back in the final over of the game, which he stretched out to the last ball.
“Obviously, I was a bit nervous but more good nerves as compared to bad nerves, I guess. The first over, not the best of starts but I am very glad that I could come back and make a good impact in the game, especially contributing for the side and getting my first wicket as well,” the lanky seamer stated.
Mumbai Indians won’t be fazed by their loss as they have a habit of starting slow – they have not won their first match of the season since 2013 – and will face Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.