Steve Smith Wants To Face Pace Of Mayank Yadav in BGT

Steve Smith wants to face Mayank Yadav’s Pace in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia

As the India tour of Australia is scheduled in November 2024, the Australian star batter Steve Smith is excited to face the new Indian Pacer Mayank Yadav in the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT).

The 21-year-old rising talented cricketer has created a huge sensation by delivering back-to-back exceptional performances for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in IPL 2024. Within a short time, Mayank Yadav established himself as one of the prominent figures in the cricket world and became the talk of the town in recent times.

Mayank picked up 6 wickets in 2 matches and became the first cricketer in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to grab the “Player of the Match” award in the first two matches.

Meanwhile, Steve Smith joined the commentary team for the host broadcaster of Star Sports after being unsold in the IPL 2024 auction. Mayank Yadav’s bowling technique against RCB and PBKS makes Steve Smith feel that the BCCI selectors should consider the young talent for the forthcoming contest.

Steve Smith About Mayank Yadav

In a recent interaction, Steve Smith gave a gentle note of caution by saying that he is waiting to face him:

“ I’m impressed with his performance this season. I feel that Mayank Yadav should participate in the forthcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy that will be held in Australia in November 2024. Moreover, I’m looking forward to facing his bowling attack” Steve Smith said in a discussion with Star Sports.

Steve Smith’s Opinion: Mayank Yadav’s bowling technique

As Steve Smith wants to compete with Mayank Yadav in the red-ball cricket format, he points out the difference between bowling a 4-over spell in T20 and a 20-over spell in test cricket:

“ You need to know this important difference. There is a huge contrast of bowling 4 overs and 20 overs. Mayank’s growth has been impressive so far.  He maintains a consistent line and targets the right areas by bowling a fine short line. These days youngsters struggle with proper pace control. But, Mayank with the kind of pace he executed makes batsmen challenging to hit the ball at a distance, particularly when it’s coming down at a speed of 155 kmph. As a result, you have to take risks to maintain the flow of runs.”

Steve Smith About Maxwell and Green’s dismissal by Mayank Yadav:

Additionally, Steve Smith shares on the dismissal of the Australian all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Green by reflecting on the absence of slower balls from Mayank’s bowling spell:

“You have to carefully observe this logic. There wasn’t any slower ball, and you can get inside the line to use the pace and allow coming near to you.

But, the most important part that impressed me a lot was Mayank playing his debut game against the PBKS. Certainly, there would be a lot of hype surrounding him, and you might have noticed many players who had just one good game and couldn’t back it up further. But, Mayank Yadav has shown a bold approach like a genius. Especially, his performance against RCB was completely brilliant. And look at the way he dismissed Glenn Maxwell, who is one of the best T20 batsmen in the World. Also, Cameron Green is an international all-rounder who can bowl fast deliveries and tackle pacers effectively with the bat, and Rajat Patidar’s batting skills as well. So, what do you say about the dismissal of these three quality players against Mayank Yadav?  

Steve Smith highlights that Mayank Yadav’s bowling attack thrashed RCB’s batting line-up with his impressive bowling figures of 4-14 in 4 overs and helped LSG to secure a 28-run victory.

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Conclusion:

After watching the match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Steve Smith’s curiosity increased to a peak level.

The 34-year-old Aussie cricketer has been grabbing the attention of Indian fans for more than two weeks as a commentator. Furthermore, his latest challenge to Mayank Yadav for the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) has captivated more of the nation’s attention. 

Mainly, Glenn Maxwell wasn’t able to face Mayank Yadav’s bowling speed of 151 kmph which resulted in a mistimed shot caught by Nicholas Pooran at short mid-wicket. Whereas, Cameron Green was unable to tackle Mayank Yadav’s lightning-speed ball, causing him to lose his off-stump in the process of defending the ball. Also, Mayank’s bowling speed of 156.7 km/hr is the fastest in this season of IPL.

Ultimately, the Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) — A 5-match test series between India and Australia commences on 22nd November 2024 in Perth. Also, it is the first time that both these dominant sides will play a five-match series on Australian soil since 1991-92, so there will certainly be a significant amount of hype. 

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