Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on South African fast bowler Marco Jansen after his performance on Friday.
The IPL kicked off with a thriller in Chennai, with Royal Challengers Bangalore edging Mumbai in the final over.
Jansen, a 20-year-old from Potchefstroom that is yet to play for the Proteas, almost defended six runs in the final over after a series of inch-perfect yorkers.
Despite the loss, the lanky paceman would end up with tidy figures 2/28 in his four overs. This, combined with his near-heroics at the death, earned the debutante a mention from Sharma and those watching in South Africa.
"He is definitely a talent that we have identified and we wanted to give him that opportunity," said Sharma.
"He can bowl in any situation."
Proteas legend Dale Steyn also sang Jansen's praise on social media, as did former Protea bowling coach Vincent Barnes.
"So chuffed for Marco Jansen. I'm not surprised that he steps onto the big stage and performs. Although he is still very young I have been impressed with his maturity, his thoughts and gameplans at different stages of the game and the execution thereof. #fastbowlersunion," wrote Barnes.