Mumbai Indians' (MI) latest pace sensation Marco Jansen made his debut in the first game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai. He did not bowl the best of first overs, but he bounced back extremely well with a couple of wickets and not to forget, he almost won his side the game in the final over, in which RCB needed just seven.
While the 20-year-old pacer admits he was nervous initially but was happy with the way he bounced back. "Obviously, I was a bit nervous but more good nerves as compared to bad nerves, I guess. The first over, not the best of starts but I am very glad that I could come back and make a good impact in the game, especially contributing for the side and getting my first wicket as well," said Jansen in a video posted on MI's Twitter handle.
South Africa legend Dale Steyn took to Twitter to say that he was very proud of the way his countryman performed on his IPL debut.
Well done tonight Marco Jansen!— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) April 9, 2021
May have lost but you can be very proud 👊👊👊
Speaking of Steyn's comments, Jansen said, "I am thankful to Steyn for watching the game and also making good comments on Twitter. I am personally not on Twitter but I am very happy that I have made a positive impact on the team." After giving away 14 runs in his first over, Jansen in his next three conceded just 14 more and picked up the wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed.
MI are back in action again on Tuesday (April 13) when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai