Mayank Markande is currently the Purple Cap holder in IPL 2018 © AFP
Mayank Markande (second from right) is currently the Purple Cap holder in IPL 2018 © AFP

Experienced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner Piyush Chawla on Friday praised Mumbai Indians‘ leg-spinner Mayank Markande who has taken the Indian Premier League (IPL) by storm in the first few matches. Markande, picked out as Mumbai’s surprise package, has taken as many as seven wickets in two matches.

“I have seen him for the first time. I think he is doing very well and I wish him luck,” Chawla told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

Markande, who has got an excellent wrong ‘un, is the purple cap holder — given to the bowler with most number of wickets — now and almost bowled Mumbai to victory in the opening two matches against Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

While the Punjab tweaker, 20, returned figures of 3 for 23 against CSK, he was superb against Sunrisers on Thursday with taking 4 wickets and leaking just 23 runs. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who was also present, opined that spinners with variation are quite a handful in the shortest version of the game and are more successful.

“As an off-spinner, if you’re getting turn and you have quite a good variation that really makes a difference in T20 format. That’s why the spinners are very successful in this format,” said Yadav who is now a regular in the Indian team setup.

KKR take on SRH at the Eden Gardens on Saturday, looking to bounce back after a five-wicket defeat at the hands of CSK on the road.