Former Indian players Suresh Raina and Aakash Chopra believed young sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal has cemented his place in the T20 World Cup side with his stunning T20I performances. Raina praised Yashasvi Jaiswal’s attacking nature and fearless attitude at the top of the order. Jaiswal made headlines after a breathtaking 2023 IPL season, scoring 625 runs at an average of 48.08 and a strike rate of 163.61 as well.
“His work ethic is very good, he has disciplined character, more than that he is not afraid of the first ball, he will go and will show intent the same way in the T20 World Cup. The good news is that we have already toured the West Indies and have already scored a hundred in a test match there,” said Raina.
However, Jaiswal played another good knock at the top of the order to help India defeat Afghanistan in the second T20I by six wickets. He scored 68 off 34 deliveries with five boundaries and six maximums to take the team home and eventually took an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Speaking to Jio Cinemas after the game, Chopra said, “Yashasvi is going. Again, the way he is batting. You will feel it would unfair if you do not take him. Sometimes you are undroppable, meaning he is selectable,that is why he is here making runs. Now he has gone beyond Gill. But now you will not be able to touch him.”
He also added that by not selecting him, Team India would face a slow-paced tempo that haunted them in the 2022 T20 World Cup. However, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s aggressive batting at the top of the order has been a breath of fresh air to the T20I side. He averages 35.57 and boasts a strike rate of 163.81 in 16 matches so far as well.
“You should not even try for it it because you need something like this while batting. Otherwise, it will be the same as 2022 again and again everything will be the same, the style of playing will be the same and only the year has changed,” concluded Aakash Chopra.