Yashasvi Jaiswal‘s childhood coach has hailed him as the mixture of Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly, two of India’s most celebrated modern-day batsmen. The comments came after the youngster’s brilliant knock against Australia in the second T20I on Sunday (November 26).
After India were asked to bat first, Yashasvi Jaiswal gave the team a flying start by smashing 53 runs from just 25 balls. His knock was studded with 9 fours and a couple of sixes. He also shared a 77-run partnership in just 35 balls with Ruturaj Gaikwad before being dismissed by Nathan Ellis.
The latest knock has further enhanced Yashasvi Jasiwal’s reputation as one of the rising stars of the game. And with the India opener going from strength to strength, his childhood coach Jwala Singh has given him the ultimate compliment and he called him an upgraded version of the legendary Virender Sehwag.
“He’s not only his version; he’s the upgraded version of Virender Sehwag. Sehwag, of course, is a very big player. When Sehwag was playing, there was not much T20 cricket. If you compare the amount of T20 cricket we play today to 10 years ago, there’s a lot of difference. Yashasvi is an upgraded version of Virender Sehwag because he plays all kinds of shots with very proper technique,” Jwala was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“Sehwag used to have hand and eye coordination, but if you see Yashasvi, he utilizes his foot well, and his balance and posture when he plays the shots are remarkable. Sehwag used to look up to Sachin Tendulkar. He also, in fact, said this many times that he tried to hit the ball as Sachin paaji do.
“Yashasvi has a knack for multiple players. If you see his square cut, he hits like Sourav Ganguly. His offside game is like Sourav Ganguly. And his pull and cut are like Virender Sehwag. He is a mixture of the two legends, Sehwag and Ganguly. He is a fearless and upgraded version of Virender Sehwag. He plays shots fearlessly and attacks. He does not think about his wicket like a lot of people—start building the innings, and they get a good start,” he added.
A memorable year for Yashasvi Jaiswal:
2023 has turned out to be a memorable year for Yashasvi Jaiswal. After impressing in the domestic circuit, the left-handed batsman enjoyed a breakthrough season in the IPL. He scored an impressive 625 runs with the help of 1 century and 5 half-centuries. He then earned his maiden India call-up and went on to score a century on his Test debut against West Indies.
He also made his T20I debut on the same tour. In October, he became the youngest Indian batter to score a T20I century as he achieved the milestone during the Asian Games 2023 quarterfinal match against Nepal. He is likely to be a part of the Indian team for the upcoming tour of South Africa and would be looking to continue his fine run.