Yashasvi Jaiswal, the opening batsman for the Rajasthan Royals, has been displaying remarkable form in the ongoing IPL 2023, amassing an impressive 575 runs in 13 matches. The 21-year-old cricketer has emerged as a formidable force, catching the attention of former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who believes that Jaiswal has the potential to make his way into the national team.
Shastri commended Jaiswal for his achievements in the current season and highlighted the significant improvement he has shown over the past year. The former cricketer also praised Rinku Singh, a batsman for the Kolkata Knight Riders, for his brilliant performances in the tournament. Follow your favourite IPL team with attractive cricket betting odds from Fun88.
Singh, hailing from Aligarh, has proven to be a reliable batsman in the KKR squad, consistently delivering when needed for the two-time champions. Despite coming from a humble background, Singh has made the most of the opportunities he has received, a fact that Shastri acknowledged and admired.
Shastri expressed his thoughts on Jaiswal and Singh in an episode of The ICC Review, stating, “One is (Yashasvi) Jaiswal, simply because of the way he’s played this season, and for me, it is a marked improvement from what I saw from him last year, which is a very, very positive sign. It shows that there’s a young guy prepared to work on his game, sort out things, get a more all-round game into play, and he’s done that this season. Just the power with which he’s re-taking shots. Just the pockets he’s hitting around the ground as opposed to last year is very good.”
He continued, “The other bloke is Rinku Singh, which is a great story. The more I see of him, that guy has got a fabulous temperament. He’s tough as nails. Both these guys have come through very hard backgrounds. They’ve worked very hard initially in their lives, and nothing’s come easy for them. So you can see that hunger, that passion, that drive that is so needed to make it to the top.”
Notably, both Jaiswal’s Rajasthan Royals and Singh’s Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves in a precarious position, as they must win their final league matches to stay in the race for the playoffs. Even with a victory, they will have to closely monitor the performances of other teams and consider the net run rate to determine their fate in the tournament. Get all the latest updates from IPL 2023 only on Fun88 Sports.