IPL 2024
Aaron Finch Sheds Light On Hardik Pandya and Yashasvi Jaiswal Ahead of RR vs MI Clash
By CricShots - Apr 22, 2024 5:43 pm
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Former Australian captain Aaron Finch has cast the spotlight on two key players, Hardik Pandya and Yashasvi Jaiswal, ahead of the much-anticipated clash between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. As the cricketing world gears up for this exciting encounter on Monday, April 22, Finch’s insights have sparked discussions around the performances of these two individuals.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal has been failing more often than not

Hardik Pandya, who recently made a comeback to competitive cricket during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 after recovering from a left ankle injury sustained during the ODI World Cup 2023, finds himself under scrutiny. Having assumed the captaincy reins for Mumbai Indians, replacing the seasoned Rohit Sharma, Pandya’s on-field decisions and individual performances have been subject to critique.

With lacklustre batting and bowling displays, the 30-year-old all-rounder faces mounting pressure to deliver. Aaron Finch highlighted Pandya’s struggles, citing his modest figures of 141 runs from seven innings at an average of 23.50, coupled with a strike rate of 146.88. Additionally, Pandya’s bowling statistics of four wickets at an average of 41.25 and an economy rate of 11 have left much to be desired.

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On the other hand, Yashasvi Jaiswal, hailed for his sensational exploits in the previous season with Rajasthan Royals, has encountered a dip in form during IPL 2024. Despite garnering widespread acclaim for his stellar performances, including impressive outings in international cricket, Jaiswal has faltered in the ongoing IPL edition. Amidst high expectations, the left-handed batsman has managed a mere 121 runs from seven games, averaging 17.29, with his highest score limited to 39.

In anticipation of a turnaround in fortunes for these players, Aaron Finch emphasized the significance of their performances, especially with the T20 World Cup looming on the horizon.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch

“I have got my eye on two people for this match. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Hardik Pandya. They are two guys that haven’t been in the best form throughout this IPL so far. There is a little bit of pressure building on both of them and I think that’s why the spotlight is on them,” remarked Aaron Finch during an interview with Star Sports.

With the impending T20 World Cup, both Pandya and Jaiswal aspire to stake their claim for selection and contribute significantly to India’s campaign. Moreover, amidst speculations surrounding the T20 World Cup squad, reports suggest that chief BCCI selector Ajit Agarkar is slated to meet Team India captain Rohit Sharma to deliberate on the final selection.

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This crucial discussion is expected to culminate in the announcement of the squad later this month, following the conclusion of the IPL fixture between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals.

As the cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits the clash between RR and MI, all eyes will be on Pandya and Jaiswal as they endeavor to silence their critics with impactful performances, potentially securing their berths for the prestigious T20 World Cup slated to be held in West Indies and the United States of America (USA).