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After bad IPL 2024 debut, Steyn motivates Kwena Maphaka

After bad IPL 2024 debut, Steyn motivates Kwena Maphaka

For the current IPL 2024, the Mumbai Indians signed young Kwena Maphaka after she performed exceptionally well at the U19 World Cup. But in his first game in the lucrative competition, the young South African pacer gave up 66 runs in his four overs while Sunrisers Hyderabad amassed 277 runs in 20 overs, the most by any side in the competition’s history.

Hardik Pandya, the MI captain, was seen encouraging the young bowler several times during the game, but sadly, the pacer’s night didn’t end well. But after the game, the young player received encouragement from the renowned South African pacer Dale Steyn, who inspired him to perform better in the competition.

Though Steyn expressed sympathy for Maphaka on his X account, he thinks the young pacer will eventually turn things around because the Mumbai Indians have the necessary mentors for him. The former cricket player complimented him for making his IPL debut at the age of just 17, and he stated that Maphaka’s future will be better.

Steyn posts on IPL 2024:

“Even though I know Kwena Maphaka is at MI with some incredible people and would be just fine, I still felt sorry for him when I woke up this morning. Regardless of the outcome or performance, his first cricket experience should remain the best of his life. At barely seventeen, things can only get better. Well done, young man,” Steyn posted on Twitter.

Soon after the game, though, Steyn also brought up the distinction between playing pro league cricket and U19 cricket to Maphaka. But because of this, the cricket player has received a lot of negative feedback on social media.

In the game, Sunrisers Hyderabad triumphed over Mumbai by a margin of 31 runs. The hosts surprised the Pandya-led team by registering half-centuries from Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, and Heinrich Klaasen while batting first.

Tilak Varma held the visitors in the hunt for the greatest amount of time, but Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan provided the visitors a strong start in the chase. Afterwards, Tim David scored 42* runs off of 22 deliveries, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

So, this was all about the IPL 2024. Also read, After SRH vs MI, Junaid Khan takes a dig at the IPL batting

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