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‘Feel much fitter’: Mayank Yadav eyes Duleep Trophy return, India debut on hold

‘Feel much fitter’: Mayank Yadav eyes Duleep Trophy return, India debut on hold

Mayank's return to competitive cricket is a welcome sign for Indian cricket fans. While his talent is undeniable, selectors are taking a cautious approach, prioritizing a well-managed return to fitness and a smooth transition into international cricket.

Mayank Yadav, the exciting young fast bowler who impressed during his debut Indian Premier League (IPL) season for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), is on the road to recovery after a side strain injury cut his campaign short. While fans are eager to see him in the national team, selectors are prioritizing a measured approach to ensure his long-term success.

Impressive start by Mayank Yadav

The 22-year-old right-arm quick had cricket fans excited with his express pace, consistently clocking speeds over 150 kmph. He bagged seven wickets in just four matches for his IPL franchise, showcasing impressive control with an economy rate of 6.99.

However, a side strain sidelined him for three weeks, and his comeback match against Mumbai Indians ended with a diagnosed abdominal tear, ruling him out for the rest of the IPL season.

Full recovery program at NCA

Mayank Yadav is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. His recovery program has been positive, and he has resumed bowling with full intensity and a full run-up.

My recovery program went very well and I feel much better now,” Mayank told The Telegraph. “I feel much fitter as well.”

Duleep Trophy likely return for Mayank Yadav

While his return to full fitness is imminent, Mayank Yadav will spend a few more days at the NCA for final assessments.

The Duleep Trophy, starting September 5th, is expected to mark his return to competitive cricket.

National call-up: Patience over pace

Despite calls for his immediate inclusion in the Indian squad, particularly for the upcoming Test series in Australia, selectors are prioritizing Mayank Yadav’s long-term development. They believe a gradual return to competitive cricket will be more beneficial than rushing him into the high-pressure international arena.

A young fast bowler like Mayank needs to be given the necessary amount of time,” explained a BCCI official. “He’s still being closely monitored. Rushing him could lead to injury.”

The official hinted at potential opportunities in the future, stating, “Getting him ready for India could begin next year. However, if he performs well in the Duleep Trophy, he may also be considered for the home series against Bangladesh and New Zealand.”

Focus on long-term success for Mayank Yadav

Mayank’s return to competitive cricket is a welcome sign for Indian cricket fans. While his talent is undeniable, selectors are taking a cautious approach, prioritizing a well-managed return to fitness and a smooth transition into international cricket. This measured approach suggests a long-term vision for Mayank’s success in the Indian team.

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