Virender Sehwag heaped praise on the Rajasthan Royals star opener Yashasvi Jaiswal. Virender Sehwag also offered a bit of crucial advice as he discussed the player’s chances for a maiden India call-up. The Rajasthan Royals entered the final of the IPL 2022 when they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Chasing a 158-run target, opener Jos Buttler scored an unbeaten century (106*), while pace bowlers Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy took three wickets each earlier to secure a dominant victory for the Royals. The Sanju Samson-led side will be taking on the Gujarat Titans for the title clash at the same venue on May 29.
Yashasvi Jaiswal Has Done Well For Rajasthan Royals In The Past Few Matches Opening The Batting Alongside Orange Cap Holder Jos Buttler
One of the RR players who stepped up brilliantly for the side over the past few matches is Yashasvi Jaiswal. After a slow start to the season, Yashasvi Jaiswal was benched for a major part of the season before being called back to the XI for the game against Punjab Kings. He scored a brisk 68 in the game, and followed it up with crucial scores of 19, 41, and 59 in the remaining games of the league phase, as he opened the batting alongside Jos Buttler.
In Qualifier 2 against RCB, Yashasvi Jaiswal may have had a short stay at the crease (21 off 13 balls), but his innings set the tone for RR’s run chase. The young left-hander scored 16 runs off the first over, taking the pressure off his partner Jos Buttler.
400 runs during India’s Under 19 World Cup 2020 campaign, youngest Indian to score a List A double ton at the age of 17. Yashasvi Jaiswal was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 2.40 Cr ahead of the IPL 2020. He has played 22 games in IPL and amassed 525 runs averaging 23.86.
Virender Sehwag Reckons Yashasvi Jaiswal Score Big Runs Converting Starts If He Has To Play For India
Former India opener Virender Sehwag was mightily impressed with Yasahsvi Jaiswal but insisted that the player has to convert his starts into big knocks if he has to make a case for an international selection.
“He (Jaiswal) released the pressure straight away in the first over, when he hit 16 runs. He took the pressure off Jos Buttler completely. So, you have to applaud Jaiswal. It might be short innings, but it was a useful one. So, it’s good that they have a batter who is brave enough to make the full use of the powerplay,” Virender Sehwag said.
“But, if he has to play for India, he will have to score big runs. He will have to show that he is hungry for big scores. If he does that, he will definitely be in the reckoning for an India call-up. But undoubtedly, his 21 runs off 13 balls were very useful in the game against RR,” Virender Sehwag further said.
In the 2021 season, Yashasvi Jaiswal had an impressive S/R of 148.21 scoring 249 runs in 10 games from the 168 balls that he faced. He even got his maiden 50 in the previous season. Rajasthan Royals retained their skipper Sanju Samson, England’s swashbuckling player Jos Buttler, and youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal ahead of IPL 2022 auction.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has scored 236 runs in 9 IPL 2022 games averaging 26.22 with 2 fifties. He top-scored with 68 against Punjab Kings which should give him much-needed confidence. He also won the MOM in that match. His 68 came off only 41 balls including 9 fours and 2 sixes. His strike rate was 165.85 in that game. He scored another fifty- 59 off 44 balls against Chennai Super Kings.