"Don't know what happened to Mayank Yadav" - Krunal Pandya

Published - 08 Apr 2024, 10:50 AM | Updated - 08 Apr 2024, 05:26 PM

Krunal Pandya and Mayank Yadav
Krunal Pandya and Mayank Yadav (Image Credits: Twitter)

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) all-rounder Krunal Pandya provided an update on injured Mayank Yadav after the match against the Gujarat Titans (GT). Krunal Pandya expressed optimism about Mayank Yadav's recovery and future participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

The Lucknow Super Giants clinched their maiden IPL victory against the Gujarat Titans, defeating them by 33 runs in Lucknow on Sunday, April 7. However, their celebration was overshadowed by injury concerns for Mayank Yadav, who left the field mid-game due to an apparent injury.

The 21-year-old pacer suffered a side strain during the recent match, forcing him to leave the field after bowling just one over. Yadav struggled to maintain his usual pace, managing to exceed 140 kmph only twice and conceding 13 runs before walking off the field with the LSG physio.

Mayank Yadav Is Okay To Continue In Future Matches - Krunal Pandya

After the game, Krunal Pandya shared insights on Mayank Yadav's injury, expressing optimism about his potential return. Krunal praised Yadav's resilience and highlighted his strong performance in previous matches this season.

"I don't know what exactly happened to Mayank Yadav, but I had a couple of seconds with him. So, I think he is okay to continue in future matches. That is positive news for us. He was bowling well in the nets earlier and last season before missing the tournament due to an injury. Whatever conversation I have had, whatever we see, he has a good head on his shoulder. Really excited to see how his career pans out," Krunal said.

Mayank Yadav has emerged as a standout performer in the prestigious tournament, captivating audiences with his exceptional pace skills. The young pacer recorded the season's fastest delivery at 156.7 kmph in his second IPL match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB).

The Delhi-born cricketer made IPL history with consecutive Player of the Match awards in his first two games. He secured three wickets for 27 runs against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and delivered an even better performance in the second match, recording bowling figures of 3/14.

Mayank Yadav Should Be Treated And Protected Well - Ian Bishop

Former West Indian pacer Ian Bishop emphasized the importance of protecting Mayank Yadav, particularly due to his early career stage and high bowling pace. Bishop referenced Australia's handling of Pat Cummins, who was preserved after a stress injury, as a relevant example to follow.

“He should be treated and protected well as it is the early stages of his career. His body should get stronger considering he bowls at such a high pace. His franchise and the country’s board should take note of it,” Bishop said in the commentary.

In Yadav's absence, fast bowler Yash Thakur impressed with a five-wicket haul, earning him the Player of the Match award for his outstanding performance.

Krunal Pandya also made a significant impact, taking three wickets for just 11 runs and denting the Gujarat Titans' middle order.

Additionally, Ravi Bishnoi and Naveen ul Haq each claimed a wicket as they bundled out the GT team for 130 runs in 18.5 overs during the 164-run chase.

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