The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as young pace sensation Mayank Yadav stunned fans and cricketers alike with a blazing delivery clocked at 156.7 kph against Royal Challengers Bengaluru at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. This ferocious delivery not only electrified the crowd but also earned Mayank a place in the annals of the IPL’s fastest deliveries.

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The match turned into a spectacle of speed as Mayank showcased his exceptional bowling skills. Complementing the sheer pace, Mayank’s prowess was evident as he picked up three critical wickets, the victims being the accomplished batsmen Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, and young gun Cameron Green. It’s a feat that not only puts him in the spotlight but also demonstrates his potential to be a key player for his team.

Mayank’s remarkable performance was recently lauded by star batter Suryakumar Yadav, who took to Twitter to extol the young speedster. Suryakumar’s praise for Mayank’s impressive spell reinforces the impact the bowler has had in just his first few matches of the IPL. The tweet echoed sentiments of awe and admiration with Suryakumar describing Mayank’s delivery using the Hindi words “Tezzzzz Aur Toooofaaannnniiiii” which translate to “speedy and stormy”.

Making the achievement even more notable is Mayank’s entry into an exclusive club, a feat famously associated with the cricketing great Lasith Malinga. By taking three-plus wickets in his first two IPL matches, Mayank Yadav joins Malinga’s esteemed company, marking him as a bowler to watch closely in the coming matches.

The record for the fastest ball ever delivered in the IPL history is still held by Shaun Tait, who unleashed a 157.7 kph scorcher, with Lockie Ferguson trailing closely with a delivery of 157.3 kph bowled in 2022. A delivery by Gerald Coetzee was recorded at 157.4 kmph but was later attributed to a technical error.

Finishing his match spell with an exceptional 3-14 in four overs, Mayank Yadav has undoubtedly etched his name as a significant threat to batsmen in the IPL circuit. His blistering pace caught the attention of not just players but also many cricketing luminaries who expressed awe over his scorching deliveries on social media following his outstanding performance. As this young bowler continues to unleash his pace on the field, fans and enthusiasts are left waiting eagerly for what he might do next on cricket’s grandest stage.

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