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Apr 11, 2021, 03:20

Marco Jansen can bowl in any situation, says Mumbai Indians IPL captain Rohit Sharma

CAPE TOWN - If anyone was asking "Who is Marco Jansen?" they surely are not anymore after the youngster earned the applause of Proteas legends such as Dale Steyn after his IPL debut on Friday night.

The 20-year-old beanpole from Potchefstroom, who has not yet played international cricket for the Proteas, had Twitter abuzz after a stellar performance for Mumbai Indians against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021 opener in Chennai.

Although the defending champions Mumbai Indians eventually went down by two wickets, Jansen delivered a superb death over to take the match all the way down to the last ball of the game after only five runs were required off the final six balls

The performance was even more impressive as the left-arm seamer bowled to Proteas superstar AB de Villiers, who managed to take just one run off his bowling in that over before being run out trying to come back for the second.

De Villiers had, though, shown earlier that he had lost none of his magical touch with a match-winning 48 off 27 balls (4x4, 2x6).

"He (Jansen) is definitely a talent that we have identified and we wanted to give him that opportunity. He can bowl in any situation," Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said.

Proteas great Steyn was equally enthused.

"Well done Marco Jansen! May have lost but you can be proud!" Steyn tweeted.

Former Proteas bowling coach Vincent Barnes added the list of glowing praise singers.

"So chuffed for Marco Jansen. I’m not surprised that he steps onto the big stage and performs. Although he is still very young I have been impressed with his maturity, his thoughts and gameplans at different stages of the game and the execution thereof. #fastbowlersunion" Barnes posted

Jansen, who plays his domestic cricket under the guidance of former Proteas spinner Robin Peterson at the Warriors, impressed not only in the last over, but earlier already when removed the dangerous Australian big-hitter Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed in the same over to finish with the impressive figures of 2/28.

Apr 11, 2021, 05:46

So true - but remember Hendricks, Magala, Williams and a list of others are ahead of him on the Proteas selection line\up.    I was surprised  about the fact  that  Mumbai "bought" him at the auction and even more so by the fact that they used him on Friday,  But them he is only 21 years old and at  that age he cannot possibly be selected to play for SA,  Mumbai must have seen something in him that our top class selectors and  coach not surprisingly missed out on.   It would be interesting to see  how he progresses in the IPL.    I think he replaced Coulter-Nile in the Mumbai squad and if he continues to make hay - he will be a very wealthy man in two years time.    

There is a problem though - he is a White.        

By the way did  you notice that Faf - the great favorite of Boucher - was out for a duck yesterday when  playing for Chennai? 


Apr 11, 2021, 08:11

Selection I know is a tough gig to achieve at CSA.......for one there's the age restriction, no-one under 30 years of age, secondly you have to be a no-hoper like Bala, Dala and Magala and then of course it ain't gonna help if you're white.

And oh Mike,,,,,,Faf wasn't the only player to score zip......Dhoni did as well. Just thought I'd square that up while you're getting carried away with your pet hate.

Apr 11, 2021, 15:50


By the way I nearly fell off my chair laughing when you made reference to "Bala, Dala and Magala".   Thanks for that,

Both Du Plessis and  Dhoni are past their sell-by dates.     Both are very unlikely to have  an IPL player job next year if Chennai failed again this year,   

As far as I know there will be -

*     two new teams added  to the IPL  next year; and

*     the clubs will have to release all players and  a mega-auction is to take place next year that will push up the income levels of top  performing players massively.          


Apr 11, 2021, 15:54


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