|Mayank Markande Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||November 11, 1997|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Mayank Markande is an Indian professional cricketer who had, as of April 2023, played a solitary international match for India – a T20I in February 2019, against Australia. In the Indian domestic circuit, he has played for his home state of Punjab (2017-18-Present) across all 3 formats. In the IPL (Indian Premier League), Mayank has turned out for Mumbai Indians (2018-2019, 2022), Rajasthan Royals (2020-2021), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (2023-Present).
Bathinda, Punjab, India
Mayank had attended the Yadavindra Public School, a day and boarding school in Patiala, Punjab, India. He was a part of the school’s cricket team.
- Father – Bikram Sharma (Government Employee)
- Mother – Sundeep Sharma (Shop-Owner)
He has been represented by FairPlay Sports, Athlete Management & Sports Marketing / PR Agency, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
11 – Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
67 kg or 147.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Sports a beard
- Cheerful smile
- Has a mole on his neck
Mayank Markande Facts
- Although his parents use the surname ‘Sharma’, Mayank goes by the surname ‘Markande’. His father once revealed in an interview that he chose to give this surname to his only son because the family belongs to the ‘Markandeya’ gotra. In Hindu culture, the term ‘gotra’ is considered to be equivalent to lineage.
- It broadly refers to people who are descendants in an unbroken male line from a common male ancestor. Markandeya is a rishi (sage) who has been mentioned in ancient Hindu literature. A very intelligent youngster, he was destined to live for only 16 years. However, it is said that Markandeya’s devotion to and worship of Lord Shiva impressed him so much that he was blessed with a long life.
- Mayank started his career as a medium-pace bowler but his coaches asked him to switch to spin bowling due to his small frame. In January 2018, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians at the IPL auction for his base price of INR 20 lakhs.
- In April 2018, on the opening night of the IPL season, he was included in the playing XI by the Mumbai Indians. The match pretty much turned his life around as he bowled an excellent spell of 3/23 in 4 overs which included the prized scalp of the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
- Although the Chennai Super Kings managed to pull off a 1-wicket heist in that match, Mayank was widely praised for his performance. He continued his form over the next few matches and even held the ‘Purple Cap’ for a long time during the first half of the season.
- He eventually ended up as the joint 11th-highest wicket-taker in the season – with 15 wickets to his name in 14 matches. The bowler with the most wickets in the IPL, during the season, is temporarily given the ‘Purple Cap’ to wear while fielding. The overall leading wicket-taker at the conclusion of the tournament is presented with the ‘Purple Cap’ award after the season’s final.
- In November 2018, Mayank made his first-class debut for Punjab during the 2018-19 season of the Ranji Trophy (the premier first-class domestic cricket competition in India). He finished as the leading wicket-taker for Punjab in the tournament – with 29 dismissals to his name in just 6 matches.
- In December 2018, he was a key member of the Indian squad that finished as the runner-up at the 2018 edition of the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Emerging Teams Asia Cup. It was the 3rd edition (after 2013 and 2017) of the tournament and India’s 2nd appearance in the final – after the title triumph in 2013. The ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup is a List-A cricket tournament that was started to exhibit the talents of the most prominent young cricketers in Asia.
- With 12 wickets, Mayank was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament. This included a spell of 4/41 (10 overs) against Oman in India’s 2nd match of the group stage – a 6-wicket win for India. He also bowled a match-winning spell (4/34 in 9.4 overs) in a 7-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final of the tournament.
- After his breakthrough performance in the 2018 IPL season, he was retained by the Mumbai Indians for the next (2019) IPL season but played only 3 matches. In July 2019, he was transferred to the Delhi Capitals with his salary rising to INR 2 crores – a 10-time increase in value. In November 2019, the Delhi Capitals traded Mayank to the Rajasthan Royals.
- He played just 3 matches over the next 2 IPL seasons (2020, 2021). In February 2022, at the IPL mega auction, he was re-acquired by the Mumbai Indians for INR 65 lakhs – from a base price of INR 50 lakhs. However, his time on the sidelines continued as he played just 2 matches in the 2022 IPL season.
- In December 2022, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Mayank for his base price of INR 50 lakhs. After not playing in the first 2 matches (which turned out to be heavy defeats) of the team’s 2023 IPL season, he picked up 6 wickets (4/15 (4 overs) and 2/27 (4 overs)) in the next 2 matches to guide the Sunrisers Hyderabad to successive wins – putting the team’s season back on track.
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