India U19 cricketing sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal was the star performer in the recently-ended ICC U19 World Cup 2020. For his outstanding performance, Yashasvi was awarded as the Player of the Tournament. The 18-year old spills beans on his preparation ahead of the coveted tournament in South Africa.
In the six matches he played during the mega event, the opening batsman Yashasvi remained not out on three occasions. He also scored an unbeaten century against Pakistan in the semi-final and led his team to final. Also, he mustered four half-centuries in the tournament. All in all, he scored 400 runs, becoming the highest run-scorer in the event.
Yashasvi Jaiswal’s preparation ahead of the recently-held U19 World Cup 2020:
On Saturday, while talking to PTI, he gives a glimpse of his preparation for South Africa’s bouncy pitches. He said that playing on the astro-turf pitches at home helped him to score more runs at the venue.
“(His mentor) Jwala Sir had told me that you have to go and bag the player of the series award. We practiced a lot on how to play on bouncy tracks. We practiced on how to play short-balls and that helped me,” Jaiswal told PTI on Saturday.
“I was either playing or leaving short-balls. There is bounce on astro-turf wickets like how it is there, so I batted on astro-turf wickets and that worked,” said the 18-year-old, who dedicated his player of the series award to Jwala.
Youngster shows gratitude to selector:
Meanwhile, Jaiswal also thanked junior chief selector Ashish Kapoor who suggested that he could open the innings for India U-19.
“All the U-19 selectors helped me a lot. It was because of Ashish Kapoor sir that I was able to open. I would like to thank all the selectors and coaches,” he added.
However, India could not lift the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 title but some youngsters showed their skills at the age group level competition.
Beside Yashasvi, spinner Ravi Bishnoi, pacer Kartik Tyagi, and Atharva Ankolekar also came in limelight because of their remarkable talent.