Jaiswal’s innings of 50 runs off 36 balls played a crucial role in Rajasthan Royals’ four-wicket victory over Punjab Kings on Friday. He has been in excellent form throughout the tournament, currently standing as the second-highest run-scorer with 625 runs from 14 matches. Only Faf du Plessis of Royal Challengers Bangalore has more runs, with 702 from 13 matches.
Moreover, Jaiswal’s performance includes the fastest IPL half-century in just 13 balls, showcasing his explosive batting ability. He has also surpassed Shaun Marsh’s record from 2008 to become the highest run-getter among uncapped players in a single IPL season.
Given Jaiswal’s consistent performances and outstanding statistics, Gavaskar believes that he deserves an opportunity to represent the country while he is in peak form. Gavaskar’s endorsement suggests that Jaiswal’s performances in the IPL have impressed cricket experts, and he may soon earn a chance to play for the Indian national team.
“I think he’s ready and should be given a chance,” Gavaskar told Star Sports before Friday’s match. “When a player is in form and then he gets the chance, his confidence is also sky-rocketed.
“There’s always doubt – ‘Am I ready for international standard?’ If your form isn’t good at the time, your doubt increases. So it’s important to be in form at that time.”
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Gavaskar said Jaiswal had the right mentality and technique to play for India.
“If a batter scores 40-50 runs in T20 in 20-25 balls, he has done well for the team. But if he’s an opener, you’d want him to play 15 overs,” Gavaskar said.
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“If he scores a century, your team total would easily cross the 190-200 mark. That’s why the way Yashasvi has batted this season has made me happy. He’s a technical batter as well.”
(With agencies inputs)