IPL 2023: SunRiers Hyderabad Mayank Agarwal has revealed that they used to call Aiden Makram ‘The Machine’ in their Punjab Kings days.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 30, 2023 01:11 IST
SRH will be captained by South Africa’s Aiden Markram in IPL 2023. (BCCI/PTI Photo)
By India Today Sports Desk: SunRisers Hyderabad have hit the reboot button after a couple of failed seasons in the Indian Premier League. The SRH management have roped in a new captain a fresh batting unit, in the hopes of returning to the top for places in the IPL. One of the big Indian buys from SRH this season has been Mayank Agarwal who was sacked as the Punjab Kings captain last season and let go from the franchise. Agarwal, who has been in sensational form in the domestic arena spoke about the opportunity to play under Aiden Markram in IPL 2023 and explained his camaraderie with the South African batter.
Markram was handed the SRH captaincy after his title-winning run in the inaugural SA20 league, where he led the Eastern Cape franchise. Markram’s rise in world cricket has been sensational in the last 12 months and he has been awarded the SA T20I captaincy as well, ahead of David Miller and Keshav Maharaj.
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Speaking to the SRH YouTube channel, Mayank called Markram a fantastic cricketer and said that he was known as ‘The Machine’ in his time at the Punjab Kings.
“He is a great guy. Apart from being a fantastic cricketer, he is a great guy. So that tells you a lot about him. I call him the machine, and that’s for a reason. Somebody who works really hard on his game, who really thinks a lot about his game, and who is genuinely a great guy, and who has a very happy and relaxed vibe around him, ” Mayank told SRH’s YouTube channel.
The batter further added that he was excited to play under the leadership of the South African and stated that they shared a very close bond.
“I am really looking forward to playing under him because we had a bond when we played for Punjab. I’m really looking forward to building on that when we play now for SRH,” Mayank said.
Agarwal will be SRH’s first choice opener in the IPL 2023 season and will be starting with Abhishek Sharma.
Mar 30, 2023