Sehwag Backs Jaiswal for T20 World Cup Inclusion Despite IPL Struggles

Sehwag Backs Jaiswal for T20 World Cup Inclusion Despite IPL Struggles

Virender Sehwag, the former Indian opener, has expressed his unwavering support for Yashasvi Jaiswal, the young star of Rajasthan Royals. Despite a challenging start to the IPL season, Sehwag believes Jaiswal has the potential to be included in India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Sehwag, speaking on Cricbuzz, acknowledged the pressure of comparisons that Jaiswal faces. He drew from his own experiences, stating that he was compared to Sachin Tendulkar during his early days. However, Sehwag emphasized the importance of ignoring such comparisons and focusing on one’s own game.

“Comparison can hurt you,” Sehwag said. “I can’t perform like Tendulkar. When I was compared, I made some changes in stance and how I played, so people stopped saying that I look or bat like Tendulkar.”

Sehwag expressed optimism for Jaiswal’s future, acknowledging the challenges that come with being a young cricketer from a small city. “I have high hopes for this boy,” Sehwag said. “When you come from a small city, you know you have to put in the hard work otherwise you might have to go back.”

Despite Jaiswal’s initial struggles in the IPL, Sehwag remained steadfast in his support, asserting, “He will come back to form soon. I believe his ticket and visa for the World Cup is confirmed.”

Jaiswal’s return to form came in spectacular fashion during Rajasthan Royals’ clash against Mumbai Indians, where he notched a breathtaking unbeaten century, guiding his team to a resounding nine-wicket victory. This performance has reignited discussions about his potential inclusion in India’s T20 World Cup squad, despite facing competition from other talented players.

Sehwag’s endorsement of Jaiswal is a significant boost for the young cricketer. With his talent and determination, Jaiswal has the potential to become a valuable asset for the Indian team in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Sandeep Sharma Emphasizes Composure and Execution in Death Bowling

Sandeep Sharma Emphasizes Composure and Execution in Death Bowling

Rajasthan Royals’ medium pacer Sandeep Sharma has emphasized the importance of composure and execution when bowling at the death in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. After recording the best bowling performance of the season with a remarkable 5 for 18 against Mumbai Indians, Sharma shared his insights on the challenges of bowling in the final overs.

“In this year’s IPL, batters are going big, and with the impact player rule, there’s an extra batter, so the games are high-scoring. You have to have a big heart while bowling at the death and try to execute your plans and bowl good balls,” Sharma said after RR’s nine-wicket win over MI.

Sharma, who initially started as a new-ball exponent in the IPL, has been entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the death overs by the Royals in the three games he has played this season. “Even today, you ask me where I feel comfortable, I’ll say it’s with the new ball. With the old ball, you have to adapt and evolve as a bowler,” he said.

Sharma returned to the RR playing XI after recovering from a side strain that kept him out for close to a month. “I was working hard towards my fitness for the last three weeks. I had two practice sessions before the game, my main focus was to execute the variations that I did tonight.”

Against MI, Sharma’s scalps included the dangerous Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, the big-hitting Tim David, Ishan Kishan, and Gerald Coetzee. He took three wickets in the final over, restricting MI to 179 despite a 99-run stand between Varma and Nehal Wadhera.

“If you’re bowling at the death, it can go both ways. Sometimes, you go for runs, and when you’re lucky enough, you end up getting a wicket. When we started, the wicket was low and slow. My plan was to keep bowling those cutters, and it came off nicely tonight,” he said.

Despite the loss to RR, Mumbai Indians remain optimistic about their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. Young batter Nehal Wadhera expressed confidence in the team’s ability to turn things around.

“MI need to win all their games from here, and we need to tighten our socks. We need to raise our game and figure out where we have been going wrong or where we have been going right so that we can rectify our mistakes whenever we return,” Wadhera said after the match.

The 23-year-old, who smashed a splendid 24-ball 49, pointed out that MI are not new to being involved in a mid-table muddle, having risen from the proverbial ashes time and again.

“We have been in such a situation in earlier seasons as well, and we have, you know, upped our game from there and qualified. So, we are optimistic even right now. We will continue the process we are following and win the games for the team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team,” Wadhera added.

Mumbai Indians' IPL Woes Continue with Ninth-Wicket Loss to Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians’ IPL Woes Continue with Ninth-Wicket Loss to Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians’ Woes Continue as Rajasthan Royals Dominate in Jaipur

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar expressed his disappointment as Mumbai Indians suffered their fifth loss in the ongoing IPL 2024 season, this time at the hands of the formidable Rajasthan Royals (RR). The comprehensive nine-wicket defeat in Jaipur marked Mumbai’s second loss to RR this season, further denting their playoff hopes.

Gavaskar’s commentary highlighted critical moments in the match that contributed to Mumbai’s downfall. Tim David’s dropped catch of RR captain Sanju Samson on 19 runs proved costly, as Samson went on to score an unbeaten 56 and guide his team to victory. Another fielding lapse by Mohammad Nabi allowed Samson to secure a boundary, adding to Mumbai’s frustration.

“It’s hard to recognize this team,” Gavaskar lamented. “I have been following Mumbai Indians ever since 2008. Got to say that this is not the team that I know.”

RR’s dominance was evident throughout the match. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s magnificent unbeaten century propelled the Royals to victory with 10 balls to spare. Jaiswal’s stellar performance silenced the doubters who had questioned his form after a slow start to the season.

The victory solidified RR’s position at the top of the points table, while Mumbai slipped to seventh place. The loss exposed Mumbai’s weaknesses, particularly in their fielding and batting departments.

Yashasvi Jaiswal's Century Inspires Rajasthan Royals to Victory, Hugs Rohit Sharma

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Century Inspires Rajasthan Royals to Victory, Hugs Rohit Sharma

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s admiration for Rohit Sharma was on full display after the Rajasthan Royals’ emphatic nine-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2024. The young opener, who has often expressed his gratitude for Sharma’s guidance, made a beeline for his former Mumbai Indians captain after the match.

In a heartwarming video shared by the Rajasthan Royals, Jaiswal can be seen embracing Sharma, who has been a mentor and inspiration throughout his career. The camaraderie between the two India openers was evident, despite being on opposite sides in Jaipur.

Jaiswal’s respect for Sharma extends beyond the field. In a recent interview, he credited Sharma for helping him maintain a positive mindset. “Rohit bhaiya helps me stay focused and positive,” Jaiswal said.

Jaiswal’s performance in the match was a testament to his growing maturity and talent. Opening the batting alongside Jos Buttler, he smashed an unbeaten 104 off just 60 balls, guiding the Royals to a comfortable victory. It was his second IPL century, adding to his eight half-centuries.

Jaiswal’s consistency and big-match temperament have made him a strong contender for India’s opening slot in the upcoming T20 World Cup. With Sharma as his captain, Jaiswal will have the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

The Rajasthan Royals’ victory was also a testament to the team’s depth and resilience. Sandeep Sharma’s five-wicket haul crippled the Mumbai Indians’ batting, while Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson provided valuable contributions.

The win extended the Royals’ winning streak to seven matches, solidifying their position at the top of the IPL standings. With Jaiswal in top form and the team firing on all cylinders, the Royals are poised for a deep run in the tournament.

Yashasvi Jaiswal's Century Etches His Name in IPL History

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Century Etches His Name in IPL History

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s scintillating century against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 has catapulted him into the annals of IPL history. The 22-year-old opener’s unbeaten 104-run knock, crafted off just 60 deliveries at a blistering strike rate of 173.33, powered Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive 9-wicket victory over MI.

Jaiswal’s century was his second in the IPL, and remarkably, his first also came against the same opposition, MI. This achievement places him in an elite group of players who have scored multiple centuries against a single team in the IPL. The list includes batting stalwarts like KL Rahul (vs Mumbai Indians), Chris Gayle (vs Punjab Kings), Virat Kohli (vs Gujarat Lions), David Warner (vs Kolkata Knight Riders), and Jos Buttler (vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Kolkata Knight Riders).

Notably, Jaiswal becomes the sixth player to achieve this milestone and the first to do so before turning 23 years old. His innings was a masterclass in batting, as he smashed 9 fours and 7 sixes, showcasing his ability to score runs at a rapid pace while maintaining a solid technique.

In the post-match press conference, Jaiswal expressed his gratitude to the Rajasthan Royals management, particularly Kumara Sangakkara and Sanju Samson, for providing him with opportunities to showcase his talent.

“I want to thank all my seniors the way they have guided me. I want to thank the Rajasthan Royals management and especially Sanga sir and Sanju bhai for giving me opportunities. I go out and give my best in the practice sessions and I’m so happy today,” Jaiswal said.

Jaiswal’s century is a testament to his immense talent and hard work. The young opener has consistently impressed with his performances in domestic cricket, and his success in the IPL is a reflection of his ability to perform at the highest level.

With his latest century, Jaiswal has established himself as one of the most promising young batsmen in India. His ability to score runs quickly and consistently makes him a valuable asset to any team, and he is sure to play a key role in Rajasthan Royals’ quest for their second IPL title.

Mumbai Indians' Struggles Continue with Crushing Defeat to Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians’ Struggles Continue with Crushing Defeat to Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians’ struggles continued as they suffered a crushing 9-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Captain Hardik Pandya expressed his disappointment, acknowledging the team’s shortcomings in all three departments of the game.

Pandya admitted that Mumbai’s batting unit failed to capitalize on a promising start, losing early wickets and failing to finish strongly. He also criticized the bowling attack for giving away too much width and the fielding unit for making uncharacteristic errors.

“We put ourselves in trouble early on,” Pandya said. “We didn’t finish well and that’s why we were 10-15 runs short. We had to keep it within the stumps (while bowling), but we gave a lot of width. Overall, we did not put the right foot in the park.”

Despite the team’s poor performance, Pandya remains confident in the players’ professionalism and ability to rectify their mistakes. He emphasized the importance of accepting flaws and working on them as a collective.

“After the game, it’s not the right time to go to the players,” Pandya explained. “Everyone is professional, they know their roles. What we can do is learn from this game and the mistakes we have made, rectify it, and make sure that we don’t make it.”

Pandya ruled out making significant changes to the playing XI, despite Mumbai’s poor record of five losses in eight matches. He believes in backing the players and focusing on improving their execution.

“I don’t believe much in chip and chop,” Pandya said. “I like to back players and the focus would always be to play good cricket, sticking to our plans, and making sure that we don’t make the basic errors.”

As Mumbai enters a crucial stage in their campaign, Pandya urged the team to remain united and determined. He emphasized the importance of simplicity and consistency in their approach.

“Cricket is simple, as long as we keep it simple, it’s nice,” Pandya concluded.

Boult's Early Wicket Record Sets Tone for RR's Victory Over MI

Boult’s Early Wicket Record Sets Tone for RR’s Victory Over MI

Trent Boult’s Early Wicket Sets IPL Record, Bolsters Rajasthan Royals’ Bowling Arsenal

In a thrilling encounter between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, pacer Trent Boult etched his name in the Indian Premier League (IPL) record books. Boult’s dismissal of star MI batter Rohit Sharma in the first over of the match marked a unique milestone in the tournament’s history.

Boult’s wicket not only gave RR an early advantage but also showcased his exceptional ability to strike in crucial moments. Notably, it was his first wicket in the powerplay in the previous five matches, with his last such dismissal also coming against MI.

The credit for the dismissal also goes to RR skipper Sanju Samson, who held a well-judged skier after Rohit went for an expansive shot. The ball swung away from the right-hander, and he miscued it completely.

With this wicket, Boult surpassed Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25) to become the bowler with the most wickets in the first over of IPL history. He now has 26 wickets to his name, followed by Praveen Kumar (15), Sandeep Sharma (13), Deepak Chahar, and Zaheer Khan (12 each).

This achievement further solidifies Boult’s reputation as a formidable new-ball bowler in the IPL. His ability to strike early and create pressure on the opposition has been a significant factor in RR’s bowling success this season.

Earlier, MI captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to bat against RR. MI made three changes to their playing XI, while RR welcomed back Sandeep Sharma in place of Kuldeep Sen.

In their previous encounter earlier this season, RR defeated MI by six wickets in Mumbai. This match marked RR’s last game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium this season.

Yuzvendra Chahal Becomes First Bowler to Reach 200 IPL Wickets

Yuzvendra Chahal Becomes First Bowler to Reach 200 IPL Wickets

Yuzvendra Chahal, the Rajasthan Royals’ legspinner, has etched his name in the annals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by becoming the first bowler to reach the milestone of 200 wickets. Chahal achieved this remarkable feat when he dismissed Mohammad Nabi of Mumbai Indians (MI) in Jaipur on Monday.

Chahal’s journey to this historic milestone has been a testament to his skill, perseverance, and unwavering determination. After being signed by Mumbai Indians in 2011, he made his IPL debut in 2013 but only played one game for the franchise. It was in 2014, when he joined Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), that his IPL career truly took off.

During his eight-year stint with RCB, Chahal established himself as one of the most formidable bowlers in the league. He played 113 matches for the franchise, claiming 139 wickets at an impressive average of 22.03 and an economy rate of 7.58. His ability to deceive batsmen with his variations and control the flow of runs made him a vital cog in RCB’s bowling attack.

However, ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, RCB decided not to retain Chahal. He was subsequently picked up by Rajasthan Royals for INR 6.5 crore. In his first season with the Royals, Chahal played a pivotal role in their run to the IPL final, bagging 27 wickets at an economy of 7.75. He also registered his only five-wicket haul in the IPL, claiming 5 for 40 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Chahal’s success in the IPL is not limited to his wicket-taking prowess. He has also been a consistent performer, maintaining an impressive economy rate throughout his career. His ability to bowl economically in the powerplay and death overs has made him a valuable asset for any team.

In the ongoing IPL 2024, Chahal has continued to impress, sitting atop the list of leading wicket-takers with 13 wickets. His performances have been instrumental in Rajasthan Royals’ strong start to the season.

Chahal’s achievement of 200 IPL wickets is a testament to his exceptional skill, dedication, and longevity in the league. He has established himself as one of the greatest bowlers in IPL history and continues to be a force to be reckoned with.

Mumbai Indians Fall to Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, Struggle to Improve Standings

Mumbai Indians Fall to Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, Struggle to Improve Standings

Mumbai Indians, led by Hardik Pandya, faced off against Rajasthan Royals in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22. The match marked Rajasthan’s final home game of the season.

Mumbai made three changes to their playing XI, bringing in Nuwan Thushara, Nehal Wadhera, and veteran Piyush Chawla. Rajasthan, on the other hand, welcomed back Sandeep Sharma in place of Kuldeep Sen.

Rajasthan Royals, currently placed at the top of the IPL points table with 12 points, aimed to consolidate their position. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, needed a strong performance to improve their standing, as they were placed seventh with six points from seven matches.

In their previous encounter earlier in the season, Rajasthan Royals had defeated Mumbai Indians by six wickets in Mumbai.

The match began with Mumbai Indians winning the toss and opting to bat first. However, Rajasthan Royals bowlers put up a strong performance, restricting Mumbai to a modest total of 158/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

Suryakumar Yadav was the top scorer for Mumbai with 51 runs off 39 balls, while Tilak Varma contributed 35 runs. For Rajasthan, Yuzvendra Chahal was the standout bowler, claiming three wickets for 28 runs.

In response, Rajasthan Royals chased down the target with relative ease, reaching 160/3 in just 18.2 overs. Jos Buttler led the charge with an unbeaten 70 runs off 48 balls, while Sanju Samson contributed 30 runs.

The victory extended Rajasthan Royals’ lead at the top of the IPL points table to 14 points, while Mumbai Indians remained in seventh place with six points from eight matches.

Riyan Parag's Transformation: From Social Media Star to Indian Cricket Contender

Riyan Parag’s Transformation: From Social Media Star to Indian Cricket Contender

Riyan Parag’s meteoric rise in the Indian cricket scene has been a testament to the transformative power of mentorship and self-belief. Initially known for his outspoken nature on social media, Parag’s career took a decisive turn after a pivotal conversation with Virat Kohli.

Kohli’s guidance, spanning a mere 10-15 minutes, instilled in Parag a renewed approach to the game. The young cricketer, who had previously faced criticism for his candid communication style, emerged as a formidable contender for a spot in the Indian team.

Parag’s impressive performances in the ongoing IPL season, where he ranks third in the list of highest run-scorers, are a testament to his newfound maturity. He credits Kohli’s advice for helping him overcome a challenging phase in his career.

“He gave me a good 10-15 minutes of his time and shared a few things with me, I think that really helped me,” Parag said.

Beyond Kohli, Parag has also drawn inspiration from Rahul Dravid, another cricketing legend. Dravid’s guidance extended beyond the technical aspects of the game, encompassing conduct, social media presence, and overall presentation.

Parag’s maiden IPL season in 2019 was a surreal experience, particularly his encounter with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “Playing against CSK, going in to bat, with Dhoni behind the wicket, was a surreal moment for sure,” he recalled.

Parag’s versatility as an all-rounder has been a key factor in his success. He relishes the role of batting in the middle order, contributing with a few overs, and excelling in the field.

Currently training under Rajasthan Royals’ director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara, Parag appreciates the coach’s hands-off approach. “He lets players do everything. I know he’s got his tactics behind all the noise, but he lets his players express themselves,” Parag said.

Regarding social media criticism, Parag maintains a simple approach. “I keep it very simple. If I have an opinion on something, I share it on social media. But I am not waiting for people in my social media to have their opinions, and then going through their opinions. I share my opinion and say what I want to say, but that’s it.”

Parag’s journey serves as an inspiration for young cricketers, demonstrating the importance of mentorship, self-belief, and a willingness to learn from the best.

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