Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had a watershed moment in his international career, during the recently concluded U19 World Cup in South Africa, continued his purple patch in the ongoing CK Nayudu Trophy.
Representing Mumbai U23, Jaiswal smashed 185 against Puducherry at Wankhede Stadium. His knock was laced with as many as 19 boundaries and a couple of maximumṣ.
Despite his mammoth knock, Jaiswal remained hungry for more, claiming to miss out on his double-ton. “I’m not fully satisfied because I know I could have done better. I should have scored a double hundred. I was aiming for 200 and playing sensibly, but one bad shot did me in,” Jaiswal told Mid-Day.
Mumbai ended up with a monumental 449-5, with the help of Jaiswal’s mega-ton and contributions from Hardik Tamore (86) and Sarfaraz Khan (60*).
Later on, the top scorer and player of the tournament in the U19 World Cup credited the pep talk from the Mumbai selectors for his success.
“Mumbai selectors—Milind Rege sir and Sanjay Patil sir—spoke to me before the match. They reminded me that I was playing for Mumbai and that it was a proud moment as well as a huge opportunity to shoulder responsibility. Their words were very encouraging and I’m glad I lived up to their expectations,” continued the 18-year-old.
The southpaw has only featured in white-ball cricket off late and resumed batting against red-ball after a while.
Jaiswal, who will don the pink of Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL edition, talked about the transitions needed for the switch in formats.
“There are differences in the field settings too in both [red and white ball] formats. If a bowler is bowling well, he gets a longer spell here so you have to play him with a lot of patience. As I knew that I was playing red-ball cricket after a long time, I practiced a lot, batting for long periods in the nets,” concluded Jaiswal.
(Kargave 50, Ratnaparkhe 32; Manjrekar 5-41, Kotian 3-37)
(Jaiswal 185, Tamore 86, Sarfraz 60* C Sutar 24*; Kumaran 2-64)