Rinku Singh and Yashasvi Jaiswal have been the two positives in the IPL 2023. While Jaiswal plays as an opener Rinku plays as a finisher. Rinku, with 407 runs at a strike rate of 143, has done well as a No. 6 T20 batter whereas Jaiswal left his mark throughout the season as well. And, former India player Harbhajan Singh shared the idea to give both youngsters a feel of what it’s like to be among the crème de la crème of Indian cricket as well.
“I certainly believe that when somebody is playing well or doing well, they should be part of the system. I am not saying that include them in the Playing XI straightway but brings them into the fold knowing that if these guys are there (around the players), they will certainly learn something and get better,” Harbhajan Singh, who is an expert with Star Sports, official TV broadcaster of IPL 2023, told Hindustan Times.
“I feel this is probably the right time for Rinku and Yashasvi to be in the closer group of players. Make them part of the 20 or 30-man group. For talents like Yashasvi and Rinku, the perception might be it’s too early but truth be told, it’s not. They are already playing at this level and playing well at that. Give them a chance right now otherwise it might be late.”
Besides Rinku and Jaiswal, another name that made headlines is Arjun Tendulkar. Social media went into a frenzy the day when he was finally making his IPL debut and the way he started his IPL career.
“He still needs to get better at his skills. Of course, everyone takes time. Even a player with 50 matches is not guaranteed to become a solid player. With every game he will learn a lot. Of course, it’s good to see him on the ground bowling the way he bowled. We all saw that one expensive 31-run over – even the big players have gotten smashed for runs – but the good thing is that he will learn,” he pointed out.
“Had he not played, he wouldn’t have understood the harsh reality of this game. In the end, only when you participate in a race and lag behind is when you realise that you need to work more on yourself. He would know what are the areas he needs to work on and how to make a comeback. And he’ll make a strong comeback, as a batter player.”