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Top 5 youngest players to make Mumbai Indians debut in the IPL ft. Kwena Maphaka

Top 5 youngest players to make Mumbai Indians debut in the IPL ft. Kwena Maphaka: Winning five trophies in the toughest cricket league in the world isn’t a small feat. Mumbai Indians, however, have made it possible through some outstanding leadership and team effort. The franchise is currently the joint most successful outfit in the Indian Premier League along with CSK, having five titles under the belt. 

Kwena Maphaka made his MI debut against SRH in IPL 2024 on Wednesday (X.com)
Kwena Maphaka made his MI debut against SRH in IPL 2024 on Wednesday (X.com)

There is no denying that Mumbai’s scouting team has played a big role in building such a strong franchise. They have managed to unearth some special talents that went on to make a big name in the cricketing circle. From Jasprit Bumrah to Hardik Pandya, from Krunal Pandya to Rahul Chahar, MI is known to handpick some of the best young talents from the domestic circuits

Over the years, MI have given chances to a lot of youngsters to showcase their mettle on the big stage. In this article, let’s take a look at the five youngest players who made their IPL debut for Mumbai Indians: 

Top 5 youngest players to make Mumbai Indians debut in the IPL

#5 Dewald Brevis: 18 years, 342 days

During the 2022 Under-19 World Cup, MI’s scouting team took a keen eye on a South African batter who looked a lot like Ab de Villiers while batting in the middle. Dewald Brevis was only 17-year-old at that time. A few days later, MI snapped his services at the IPL auction for a handsome amount of INR 3 crore, making him the costliest under-19 player. 

He went on to make his MI debut at the age of 18 years and 342 days against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. 

#4 Manish Pandey: 18 years, 232 days

Manish Pandey made heads turn during the 2009 IPL when he became the first Indian player to score a century in the Indian Premier League. He notched the ton for RCB, however, it was Mumbai Indians who picked him first before the inaugural edition of the league. 

MI bought Manish Pandey’s services at the 2008 IPL auction and the Indian batter made his IPL debut at the age of just 18 years and 232 days.

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#3 Saurabh Tiwary: 18years, 117 days

Born in Bihar, Saurabh Tiwary was known for hitting mighty sixes in domestic cricket. After featuring in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, he was snapped by the Mumbai Indians. Tiwary went on to make his debut for MI at 18 years and 117 days against Punjab Kings in Mohali. 

He played three matches for the franchise that season, scoring 26 runs at an average of 13. 

#2 Kwena Maphaka- 17years, 354days 

Following his outstanding bowling exploits in the 2024 Under-19 World Cup, Mumbai Indians picked Kwena Maphaka as a replacement for Dilshan Madhushanka for the ongoing season. On Wednesday, the South Africa left-arm seamer got the opportunity to make his debut for MI at just 17 years of age. 

Though, he endured a forgettable outing with the ball, returning with figures of 0 for 66 runs in four overs. 

#1 Rasikh Salam- 17years, 353 days 

Rasikh Salam (X.com)

Jammu and Kashmir player Rasikh Salam is the youngest player to make his debut for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League history. MI purchased his services during the 2018 IPL auction. He went on to make his debut in the 2019 edition, thereby becoming the third cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be part of the Indian Premier League. 

Also read: Top 5 highest powerplay scores for Mumbai Indians in IPL

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