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Jaiswal hoping for big scores after tips from Kohli

October 01, 2021 18:14 IST

'I'm not doing what I really want to do. It's good that I'm getting starts; I want to convert them into big scores whenever I get chance again.'

Yashasvi Jaiswal

IMAGE: Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal sends the ball over the boundary during the IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, at the Dubai International Stadium, on September 29, 2021. Photograph: BCCI

Struggling to convert his starts into big scores in the ongoing Indian Premier League, young Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is hoping for a change in fortunes after a post-match conversation with India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli.

Following the team's seven-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday, several Royals youngsters, including Jaiswal, had a long conversation with Kohli.


"I wanted to know how to make it big. That was what I was talking about with Viratbhaiya; like how to make it effective and how can I help my team," the 19-year-old said, in a video posted by Rajasthan Royals.

"He explained in a really nice way about how can I do well and improve. He also said about how can I be positive all the time and play little more."

The left-handed opener has often failed to capitalise on his starts. He has scores of 31, 36, 5 and a season's best of 49 in the last four matches in the IPL.

"I'm not doing what I really want to do. It's good that I'm getting starts; I want to convert them into big scores whenever I get chance again. I need to work all the time and i need to know how to make it big."

Currently lying at seventh spot with four wins from 11 matches, Rajasthan Royals need to win all their remaining matches to stay in contention for a play-off berth. They face table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

"Yes, CSK have done really well but we have learnt from our mistakes. We are really confident to win the next matches," he said about their match," Jaiswal said.

"Sometime it's your day, sometime it's not. We are confident, we will do what we can control."

Having had the chance to train during the off-season, Jaiswal utilised the Royals' state-of-the-art facilities in Nagpur and he said he's now an improved cricketer.

"I've done a lot during this time and I'm really thankful for RR to provide me the facility. I was there for two months and had conversation with every coaches.

"We were having practice and so many different stuff there. I think that was a really, really good time to improve my skills. I would say that is the only thing what I've done. I worked really hard in Nagpur."

Jaiswal also had a chat with iconic Sachin Tendulkar before representing Mumbai against Oman in a One-day series.

"I've spoken about my cricket, after these hard work and practice, I'm quite confident. I know that I've prepared well for these games and I'm happy," he said.

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