Yashasvi Jaiswal starred with the bat for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their six-wicket win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday (May 7).
Opening the innings, the 20-year-old Jaiswal slammed 68 off 41 balls to lead the foundation of RR’s victory while chasing a stiff target of 190.
Notably, the southpaw was dropped from the playing XI after his scores of 20, 1 and 4 in the first three matches. But he made a roaring comeback to the side, which also earned him praise from RR skipper Sanju Samson.
“We all knew that he (Yashasvi Jaiswal) was due for a good innings. He spends quality time training and practising, spending a lot of hours in the nets. Very happy for him. Wanted to chase some games and win. Happy to chase, it was a really good wicket and really great intent shown by almost every batsman,” said Samson at the post-match presentation.
The Royals captain further said that he is flexible in his approach on how to use bowlers during the innings.
“I have been learning a lot, things have been getting clearer and clearer. Having the same side for almost every game helps to identify the situation and how to use the longer and shorter side, you need to keep on changing the bowlers according to the situation.”
“There is no set strategy that fast bowlers have to bowl at the death, I feel anyone having a great temperament and having great experience can do the job for the team. He (Yuzvendra Chahal) said that he’s even ready to bowl the 20th over, he’s confident and he’s doing well for the team. I wanted to go out there (at three) and express myself and play a few shots, that’s what I did. Enjoyed it – short and sweet.”
The race to playoffs might be heating up, but Samson said his side will take one game at a time and will look to control the controllable factors.
“We are talking about what should be the mindset of the team going into the business end of the tournament. It’s very obvious to think about the points table or the qualifications, so it’s very important when things get busy.”
“We need to keep on coming back to the basics which is to take one game at a time and look at the controllables. We’ll keep on giving importance to each and every game and then doing our best in every game. Let’s see where we end up at the end of the league stages.”
Rajasthan Royals will take on Delhi Capitals in their next game on May 11.
(With IANS inputs)