I Didn’t Think I Would Get Included The National Set-Up This Early – Mayank Markande
On Friday (15 February), the young leg-spinner Mayank Markande surprisingly received his maiden national team call-up. Later, he claimed that he didn’t expect the national call-up this early.
Currently, the Indian national cricket team is busy in their final preparation for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Before that tournament, India has left only one assignment, and that is the forthcoming home limited-overs series against Australia. India will play the two-match T20I series and subsequently five-match ODI series against Australia from 24 February to 13 March.
The selectors have selected the 21-year-old Punjab leg-spinner Mayank Markande for the upcoming T20I series. After earning his maiden national team call-up, Mayank Markande has called it the biggest achievement. However, he further added that he didn’t expect this early call-up.
According to The Indian Express, Mayank Markande said, “Get a national call-up is the biggest achievement in a player’s career. To be honest I was not expecting this. I did not think I would get included the national set-up this early. I consider myself really lucky.”
Earlier on Friday, the leg-spinner claimed a five-wicket haul in the second and final unofficial Test match against England Lions at Mysore. Playing for India A, while he was wicketless during England Lions’ first innings, he had a bowling figure of 10.3-1-31-5 during the visitors’ second innings of the game. India A won the match by an innings and 68 runs and also won the series by 1-0.
After making his first-class debut in last November, Mayank Markande has played seven first-class matches and has picked up 34 wickets. Recently, in the home series against England Lions, the young leg-spinner featured for India A, both in first-class and List A formats.
Talking about his national call-up, Mayank Markande added, “My performances in the Ranji Trophy along with meaningful performances for India A must have been noticed by the selectors. and I am really happy that they have given me a chance to prove myself.”
Since I got the break in IPL, my game has improved
Talking about his maiden IPL experience, the leg-spinner said, “I have gained maximum exposure from IPL and since I got the break in IPL my game has improved.”
During IPL 2018, Mayank Markande played under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Now, once again the young man is looking forward to sharing the Indian dressing room with Rohit Sharma.
Mayank Markande said about that, “Sharing the Indian dressing room with Rohit Sharma will be special. He had motivated me a lot during the IPL. I always kept talking to him. He is a legend of the game now so I always try to learn as much as possible from him.”
However, the young man is not thinking about getting an opportunity in the playing XI in the upcoming T20I series.
He added, “As for now I am not even thinking about getting in the playing XI. But if I do then having MS Dhoni keep for me will be special.”
The two-match T20I series against Australia will be played on 24 and 27 February at Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru respectively.
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