Abhishek Nayar highlighted Yashasvi Jaiswal’s consistent performances across T20s and Test cricket, predicting his strong contention for India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive innings of 53 runs off 25 balls against Australia in the second T20I was a game-changer. After a slow start, he unleashed an onslaught, especially targeting Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis. His remarkable knock set a new record for India’s most runs in the powerplay in T20Is. This made him the third Indian, alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, to achieve a half-century during the powerplay.

Jaiswal’s aggressive batting helped India reach 77/1 in the powerplay and eventually posted a total of 235. India clinched victory with a comfortable 44-run margin as Australia managed 191/9 in response.

Former Indian cricketer Abhishek Nayar praised Jaiswal, foreseeing his spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup squad. Nayar highlighted the young batter’s consistent performances in recent T20 series and even in Test cricket, tagging him as a budding star.

“He (Yashasvi) has been part of the T20 set-up from the last couple of series and has constantly done well for the team. Even in Test cricket, he is someone who is evolving into a future star. So, you expect him to be in the team. It is still a fair distance away with IPL in between. But the way he is playing now, he will surely be a frontrunner for that spot,” Nayar said.

“Today was a genius knock because he felt that the first two overs weren’t conducive for batting. When Maxwell came in to bowl, that’s when he kind of put his foot on the pedal. There was a two-dimensional Yashasvi Jaiswal today where he created pace and used pace brilliantly. You could see him play towards third man, playing square of the wicket and when it required, getting the power through the on side through mid-wicket. So, all in all, a very controlled, yet aggressive innings from Jaiswal,” he added.

The ongoing five-match series between India and Australia stands at 2-0 in favor of India, with the upcoming match scheduled at Guwahati’s Barsapara Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, November 28th.

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Last Updated on November 28, 2023

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