Lance Klusener exhibits uncertainty on Mayank Yadav’s return in IPL 2024

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 has been a rollercoaster ride for Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) pace sensation, Mayank Yadav. His debut was nothing short of sensational, clinching a match-winning performance with a three-wicket haul against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

With a delivery clocked at an astonishing 156.7 kmph, he holds the record for the fastest ball bowled in the competition. However, a side strain during the game against Gujarat Titans has cast a shadow of uncertainty over his return.

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What did Lance Klusener say about Mayank Yadav’s return?

Mayank Yadav’s injury has kept him out of the last two matches for LSG. The fans, eagerly waiting for his return, are left in suspense as LSG’s assistant coach, Lance Klusener, expressed concerns about the bowler’s fitness.

Klusener stated, “I am not sure regarding his participation in the match against Chennai. He has been bowling in the nets, but his fitness is our priority”. This cautious approach towards Yadav’s recovery is understandable, considering the long-term impact an aggravated injury could have on his promising career.

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LSG's assistant coach Lance Klusener
LSG’s assistant coach Lance Klusener

Despite showing signs of progress in training sessions, as evidenced by a video shared by LSG showcasing Yadav bowling in the nets, Klusener remained non-committal about the pacer’s immediate return to the playing XI. This cautious approach is indicative of the team’s priority on Yadav’s full recovery.

The uncertainty around Mayank Yadav’s return is not just a concern for LSG, but it also fuels speculation about his potential selection for India’s T20 World Cup squad.

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Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody believes Mayank Yadav will be in contention for a position in India’s T20 World Cup squad in 2024. He stated, “He is definitely in the conversation. Whether you take that risk punting on him or not is another conversation because you also need to consider what skillset you need in that reserve fast bowler – is it someone who is a powerplay bowler, or someone who has the ability to bowl at the death, all those subtle skillsets are important when you are talking about a T20 World Cup”.

Former New Zealand bowler Mitchell McClenaghan expressed a similar sentiment, “If his form continues throughout this tournament, the World Cup starts six days after the IPL, I think it would be crazy not to look at the players who are in form going into that tournament”.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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