Rajasthan Royals (RR) young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is hoping to convert his starts into big scores in the remaining games in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) in the UAE after a recent post-match conversation with India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RC) captain Virat Kohli.
The left-hander has scores of 31, 36, 5, and a season's best of 49 in the last four matches in the ongoing IPL 2021. The youngster had been struggling to capitalize on good starts so far in the tournament, but now he hopes to contribute more with the bat after having a long conversation with Kohli following RR’s seven-wicket loss to RCB on Wednesday.
Jaiswal said in a video posted by RR: “I wanted to know how to make it big. That was what I was talking about with Virat bhaiya, like how to make it effective and how can I help my team.”
He added, “He explained in a really nice way about how can I do well and improve. He also said about how can I be positive all the time and play a little more. I'm not doing what I really want to do. It's good that I'm getting starts, I want to convert them into big scores whenever I get the chance again. I need to work all the time and I need to know how to make it big.”
Yashasvi also had a chat with Sachin Tendulkar before Mumbai’s tour of Oman for a one-day series. About the discussion, he said: “I've spoken about my cricket, after this hard work and practice, I'm quite confident. I know that I've prepared well for these games and I'm happy.”
Meanwhile, RR is currently lying at the seventh spot with four wins from 11 matches in the IPL 14 points table and now they need to win all three remaining matches to qualify for the playoffs. RR will face table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 2 and Jaiswal hopes for the best.
The 19-year-old said, “Yes, CSK have done really well but we have learnt from our mistakes. We are really confident to win the next matches. Sometimes it's your day, sometimes it's not. We are confident; we will do what we can control.”
Jaiswal utilized RR’s state-of-the-art facilities in Nagpur during the off-season.
He signed off by saying, “I've done a lot during this time and I'm really thankful for RR to provide me the facility. I was there for two months and had conversations with every coach. We were having practice and so many different stuff there. I think that was a really, really good time to improve my skills. I would say that is the only thing I've done. I worked really hard in Nagpur.”
(With PTI Inputs)