India is gearing up for the ICC Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. The Indian team has been one of the most consistent and dominant forces in world cricket, but has also faced some heartbreaking losses in the ICC tournaments. The upcoming World Cup could be the last opportunity for some of the stalwarts of the team, such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, to lift the coveted trophy.
The selection of the squad for the World Cup will be a crucial task for the selectors, who will have to balance the experience and the youth in the team. One of the young talents who has impressed everyone with his skills and temperament is Yashasvi Jaiswal, the left-handed opening batsman who made a sensational debut in Test cricket with a magnificent 171 against England.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket, as well as in the IPL, where he plays for Rajasthan Royals. He has also captained India Under-19 team to the final of the World Cup in 2020, where he was the highest run-getter of the tournament with 400 runs at an average of 133.33.
Yashasvi Jaiswal has earned praise from many former cricketers and experts, including Sourav Ganguly, who believes that he should be included in India’s World Cup squad. Ganguly, who is also the president of BCCI, lauded Jaiswal’s debut century and his solid technique, and pointed out the advantage of having a left-handed batsman in the team.
“Scoring a hundred on debut is always massive. I too have done it, so I know how special it is,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
“Even technique-wise, he seems really good. A left-handed batsman’s presence in the team always helps. So, having him in the World Cup squad is a must,” Sourav Ganguly added.
However, the selectors have not yet given Yashasvi Jaiswal a chance to prove himself in limited-overs cricket at the international level. He has been named in the squad for the Asian Games in China, which clashes with the schedule of the World Cup. This means that he will not be available for selection for the mega event.
This decision has raised some eyebrows among the fans and pundits, who feel that Jaiswal deserves a fair chance to showcase his talent and potential in 50-over cricket. India already has a formidable opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, who have been performing well in recent times. However, Yashasvi Jaiswal could provide a different dimension to the batting line-up with his left-handedness and aggression.
Jaiswal could also be a backup option for Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer or KL Rahul in case of any injury or loss of form. He has shown that he can bat at different positions and adapt to different situations. He has also displayed maturity and composure beyond his years, which are essential qualities for any player to succeed at the highest level.
It will be interesting to see if the selectors reconsider their decision and include Yashasvi Jaiswal in India’s probable World Cup squad. He has certainly done enough to warrant a place in the team and could be a game-changer for India in their quest for glory.
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