Mumbai Indians Acquire South African Speedster Kwena Maphaka

Mumbai Indians Acquire South African Speedster Kwena Maphaka

Mumbai Indians (MI) have bolstered their bowling attack with the acquisition of 17-year-old South African speedster Kwena Maphaka. The young pacer joins the franchise as a replacement for Sri Lankan pacer Dilshan Madushanka, who suffered a hamstring injury.

Maphaka, who hails from Johannesburg, caught the attention of MI scouts during the recent U19 World Cup in South Africa. In nine matches, he scalped 21 wickets at an astonishing average of 9.71, showcasing his exceptional pace and wicket-taking ability.

The 17-year-old’s arrival in Mumbai was met with a heartwarming moment when his mother posed a question through the MI admin: how would he manage his studies while playing in the IPL? Maphaka responded with determination, stating that he would balance his cricket commitments with extra lessons and hard work.

Maphaka’s T20 record is equally impressive, with 13 wickets in nine games at an economy rate of 6.71. He possesses a lethal bouncer that can unsettle batters and has the ability to generate speeds of up to 140kph.

MI head coach Mark Boucher, a fellow South African, will play a crucial role in Maphaka’s development. The young pacer will have the opportunity to learn from two of the world’s best bowlers, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, who serve as MI’s bowling coach and star pacer, respectively.

Maphaka’s addition to the MI squad adds depth to their bowling attack. He will join a formidable lineup that includes Bumrah, Malinga, Jofra Archer, and Daniel Sams. The franchise will be hoping that the young South African can make an immediate impact and contribute to their success in the upcoming IPL season.