From List A debut to receiving India cap, Mayank Markande’s phenomenal rise continues
It was the 2018 IPL where things changed for Mayank Markande. (AFP Image)

Legspinner Mayank Markande received his India cap after he was included in the Playing XI the first T20I against Australia. This implies that in the last 15 months, Markande, 21, has made his List A, T20 and first-class and finally India debut. (READ: 1st T20: Live Score)

In 2017, Markande was not selected for an Under-23 match and made amends in the India domestic circuit. Markande took five wickets in the 2017-18 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, followed by ten wickets in the 2017-18 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He went for IPL trails and was picked for Mumbai Indians and played 14 matches in the 2018 edition from which he claimed 15 wickets. (READ: Markande receives India cap)

Markande then scalped 13 wickets at 21.07 in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy to get selected for the India Emerging Team at the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup, where he finished as the highest wicket-taker. His performance across all the aforementioned domestic tournaments culminted with Markande being rewarded with an India call-up earlier this month.

In an interview with CricketCountry, Markande explained how things for him changed during his stint with the three-time IPL winners. Markande made heads turn on debut against Chennai Super Kings claiming 3/23 in four overs including the prized scalp of MS Dhoni.

It will surprise you to know that Markande wanted to be a fast bowler while growing up and turned to leg spin after an advice from coach Munish Bali. Bali recognised Markande’s slower one as a pacer to be a natural googly for a spinner, and he picked on that – despite Markande’s hesitance to try leg spin.