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How Dravid's batting tips helped young Jaiswal

December 05, 2019 22:51 IST

'His plans for a practice session are so clear that we know well in advance of a practice session about areas to work on.'

IMAGE: India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (left) and former cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (2nd left) felicitate Under-19 players Divyansh Saxena and Yashasvi Jaiswal, right, at Dadar Union Sporting Club in Mumbai on Thursday. Photograph: PTI

Young prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal on Thursday said batting stalwart Rahul Dravid had advised him to focus on each ball and this suggestion immensely helped him.

The 17-year-old Mumbai batsman has become one of the most talked about cricketers after his sterling performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-overs tournament.


"Rahul (Dravid) Sir guides us so well. His plans for a practice session are so clear that we know well in advance of a practice session about areas to work on.

"He advised me to focus on one ball at a time and its helped me immensely," Jaiswal, selected in the Indian squad for 2020 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, said in Mumbai.

Dravid is currently the director at the National Cricket Academy, while previously serving as the India 'A' and the India Under-19 coach.

Jaiswal and Divyansh Saxena, another member of the U-19 World Cup team, were felicitated by Ajinkya Rahane in presence of legendary batsman Dilip Vengsarkar and former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

The duo plays for the iconic Dadar Union, which has produced several Test cricketers.

Mumbais Atharva Ankolekar, a spinner, has also been included in the squad.

Jaiswal said he would treat the U-19 World Cup like any another assignment and stick to the process he has been following till now.

"I will just try to treat it like just another assignment and stick to the same process that I have followed all along. I anyway dont think too much about results, so I will just stick to my routine and will try to give my best," he said.

Jaiswal, who comes from a humble background, played for the senior Mumbai team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he slammed three hundreds, including a double ton.

"Both are excellent platforms but they have their own challenges. The senior domestic set-up has oppositions with so much of experience so they plan better than Under-19 but even Under-19 isn't easy.

"With the experience at the senior level, I felt I had to optimise my experience. It taught me a lot to be consistent," added Jaiswal.

Saxena, on his part, said his immediate target would be to settle in conditions in South Africa, where the U-19 World Cup will be played in January-February.

Saxena said Dravid is open to discussion and tells him about mental preparation for matches.

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