Updated June 1st, 2024 at 08:38 IST

'You will struggle in a big game': Pathan opines why Yashasvi Jaiswal's is essential for Team India

Ex-India cricketer Irfan Pathan opines on why the Indian Cricket Team should include Yashasvi Jaiswal as the opening batter in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Reported by: Pavitra Shome
Yashasvi Jaiswal | Image: BCCI

The sport that has been unique for the American public is the focus of fans' attention as the ICC Men's T20 World Cup is ready to start. The Indian Cricket Team will continue to garner a lot of interest as they pursue the championship in the US. However, even with a strong squad, there is always more discussion about who should bat first. Amid the conversation, former Team India player Irfan Pathan asserts that Yashasvi Jaiswal's involvement will be crucial as the Men in Blue get set to compete in the T20 World Cup.

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Irfan Pathan sees the need of a left-handed batter in the top order, picks Yashasvi Jaiswal for the task

Former Team India cricketer Irfan Pathan, while speaking at the Star Sports Press Room's T20 World Cup Edition, predicted that if Rohit and Kohli open the batting, the opposition would immediately target a left-arm spin bowler. In crucial games, the former bowler believes that India needs to have a left-handed hitter at the top of the order, and Jaiswal is an ideal pick for the role.


“I would like to have a left-hander for sure, opening the innings with Yashasvi Jaiswal. If Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli open the innings, a left-arm spinner will come in straight away, and you need to counter that. Without a left-hand batter, you will struggle, especially in a big game.

India's Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal during the 2nd T20I match between India and Afghanistan at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, M. P. | Image: BCCI

"But if Virat bats at number 3, it opens the slot for Jaiswal. A right-hand, left-hand combination is crucial, especially when the ball is moving or spinning. Most teams have left-arm spinners who can take the ball away from right-handers. This is why you need a left-hander at the top of the order,” Pathan said.


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A day out from now, fans of the T20 World Cup can look forward to intense competition between some of the best teams in the world as they compete for the championship. The incumbent champion England will try to get through all the guns, but other teams, like Australia and the West Indies, have been playing well in the warm-ups. The action in the cricket match this month will be highly anticipated.


Published June 1st, 2024 at 08:38 IST