[caption id="attachment_701134" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-701134" alt="Mayank Markande is currently the Purple Cap holder in IPL 2018 AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Markande2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Mayank Markande (second from right) is currently the Purple Cap holder in IPL 2018 AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Experienced <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Kolkata-Knight-Riders" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> (KKR) spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Piyush-Chawla" target="_blank">Piyush Chawla</a> on Friday praised <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Mumbai-Indians" target="_blank">Mumbai Indians</a>' leg-spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Mayank-Markande" target="_blank">Mayank Markande</a> who has taken the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/IPL-2018" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (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. <p></p> <p></p>"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. <p></p> <p></p>Markande, who has got an excellent wrong 'un, is the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2018-purple-cap-holder-list-of-leading-wicket-takers-in-ipl-11-698746" target="_blank">purple cap holder</a> -- 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. <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>"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. <p></p> <p></p>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.