BENGALURU: He is 20 but Yashasvi Jaiswal knows the art of making a strong comeback, as he did for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL last month and most recently in the Ranji Trophy knock-outs for Mumbai this month.
After scoring a century in the quarter-finals and two in the semi-finals, Jaiswal was on course for his fourth century before Madhya Pradesh seamer Anubhav Agarwal dismissed him for 78 on the opening day of the Rani Trophy final here on Wednesday.
“Yes, I’m a little sad about it, but this is cricket. You have to experience both the good and the bad (part), and that’s what I’ve learned so far,” Jaiswal said after the day’s play.
“Because in cricket things are not the way you want them to be, but I am trying my best to improve myself as a cricketer and as a human being,” he said.
Jaiswal, during the IPL, was dropped after the first few matches but returned to the Royals’ playing XI in the second half, scoring an impressive half-century.
Similar in Ranji Trophy, where he was knocked out in the group league stage and then came back with a bang from the quarter-finals, scoring nearly 500 runs.
He said, ‘The same thing happened there in IPL as well. I got three games out, I got out and came back (to the side) after seven games. But amidst all these gaps, I had this in my mind that I need to work hard and be disciplined all the time,” Jaiswal said.
He said that during the lean phase, only hard work pays off.
“It is important to work (hard) every day, because then I will be consistent. When I was dropped from the playing XI in the IPL, I was working every day with Zubin sir (Zubin Bharucha, director of cricket at RR) and training really well with support staff like Raj Muni and Yogesh. Had been. Zubin sir was motivating me all the time,” he spoke with great gratitude.
While the Ranji Trophy final is a very different game from other matches, the stylish left-hander said that he has the strong belief to perform well under pressure conditions.
“A final is different because your mindset is very different. People who are close to me say a lot because they want me to do well. He pressed on, of course. To be honest, I am happy to withstand that pressure, I enjoy it,” said the amiable youth.
“I go out with the mindset that I will do it. I believe in myself and believe that whenever I go out there, I will do well,” he said in a confident tone.
He is a good student of the game, it was evident when he described how he and his captain Prithvi Shaw understood the moves of the MP team, which showed that they would start with a fast bowler and then left-arm spinner Kumar Karthikeya. Will bring you along
“Of course, we knew that he (Karthikeya) would bowl the first over. They were doing some tricks, like trying some stuff to disengage us mentally, which I have seen them do before,” he said.
“For example, the keeper goes too far back and the fast bowler runs till the run-up but we all knew that Karthikeya was going to bowl because Shaw bhai told me about it. We were really ready.
“We didn’t want them to think we weren’t ready. We had prepared a lot. Whoever was going to bowl, I didn’t care. I just needed to watch the ball,” Jaiswal said.
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