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Does Yashasvi Jaiswal have a soft spot against left-arm closers?  |  Cricket news
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Does Yashasvi Jaiswal have a soft spot against left-arm closers? | Cricket news

Even before Axar Patel took the ball from Yashasvi Jaiswal at mid-top, bowler Khaleel Ahmed pointed his finger at his Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant. It seemed like it was a plan that had come to fruition. Two features stood out: a seam on the left arm and an incorrectly executed short rising ball.

While the left-handed opener has amassed 320 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.64 this IPL, it is his struggles against the left-handed seamers and the misplaced attempts to pull back-of-the-length deliveries that are worrying the Indian team. , on the way to the T20 World Cup.

Jaiswal, 22, has been hot and cold for the Royals this season. Case in point: In 11 IPL knocks this year, the Rajasthan Royals opener was denied by the left arm five times, three of which were pull attempts.

In the Royals tournament opener against Lucknow Super Giants, it was the left-handed Mohsin Khan, who tested Jaiswal with a short rising ball at the back, which he fired straight to Krunal Pandya at mid-off. Against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), it was Reece Topley, whose extra bounce did the trick for Jaiswal, as Glenn Maxwell suffered another mistimed pull midway through the match.

Against Mumbai Indians, he became the debut IPL scalper for 17-year-old left-hander Kwena Maphaka. The young South African bowled it full and Jaiswal tried to lift it over cover but ended up chipping it straight to Tim David at cover. T Natarajan is also a left-arm quick, who has had Jaiswal’s number this season.

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If the short pitch trick had worked against Jaiswal, Punjab Kings’ Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis dismissed him by serving wide from the back of the length. On both occasions, Jaiswal tried to charge down the ground and was caught at cover by the third man and the sweeper respectively.

IPL 2024: Yashasvi Jaiswal vs SRH Hyderabad: Rajasthan Royals batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a shot during the IPL 2024 T20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, in Hyderabad, Thursday, May 2, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_02_2024_000321A)

“Yashasvi Jaiswal again stepped out for a left-arm pacer. He has not played a short ball for the first time. He has been fired and released many times. It was an almost similar shot and was caught in front of the wickets,” former India opener Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

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You can tell from all those layoffs that he’s trying too hard to clear the ropes. Due to the balls climbing on him, he fought hard, unable to get into the right positions.

India pacer Mohammed Shami believes Jaiswal is rushing to play shots and it is affecting his ‘form’.

“He looked out of shape while playing the shot (pull),” Shami said of Jaiswal on his YouTube channel. Shami also talked about how Jaiswal makes a hasty touch, too eager to hit hard.

“He seemed to be in a hurry,” Shami said while analyzing the match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. “He made a shot that wasn’t necessary. It was not necessary. He has good touch and has even scored a century.”

The old flaws are back

Earlier this year, after the conclusion of the five-match Test series against England, Rajasthan Royals’ high-performance director Zubin Bharucha pointed out a number of flaws in Yashasvi Jaiswal’s batting that he noticed after the youngster’s first season for the Royals.

The first problem was Jaiswal’s inability to play shots onside. And so far this season, the Jaiswal is once again struggling to score runs in the side. Even during his unbeaten 104 against Mumbai Indians, 62 percent of the runs were scored due to offside.

It took much longer to improve the other technical aspects and according to Bharucha it took 18 months to get exactly to bending his elbow at the point of impact. As a result, he could not generate enough power.

While backing Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj insisted that the duo should make way for youngsters after the tournament. It is not just the previous failures of Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli against left-arm seamers that provide an opening for the opponents to field two such players in their team. (File)

“Yash bent his elbow at the moment of impact. When you bend your elbow at the point of impact, you generate no force. It took us 18 months to solve that problem. We have ensured that the elbow is not bent at the time of impact and by using different bats and balls,” Bharucha had told this newspaper.

Jaiswal had overcome these technical issues with his work at Talegaon, the training base of Rajasthan Royals. However, with the T20 World Cup kicking off a week after the IPL final, the youngster won’t have much time to understand his shortcomings. And with Rajasthan Royals set to play the play-offs, Jaiswal would also be among those who will reach the US a little later than the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav.

Jaiswal’s struggles against the left-arm seamers will undoubtedly see the opponents fielding at least two left-arm quicks against India. Not just Jaiswal, the left-arm seamers will focus on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. There is a good chance that Pakistan will start with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Amir in New York on June 9 against the top three of India.

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Pratyush Raj

Pratyush Raj is a sports journalist at The Indian Express Group and specializes in breaking news and conducting in-depth investigative reports for the newspaper. His passion extends to creating engaging content for the newspaper’s website. Pratyush has a keen interest in writing about cricket and hockey. He started his career with the financial daily Business Standard, but soon followed his true calling as Times of India’s sports reporter for Punjab in Chandigarh, a job that required extensive travel to states like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. He has also contributed to India Today Group’s sports coverage. Pratyush’s love for sports blossomed during his upbringing in flood-prone Saharsa, a district in North Bihar, where ‘Cricket Samrat’ was his beloved companion. … Read more

First uploaded on: 2024-05-09 20:51 IST