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Yashasvi Jaiswal Informed Yuzvendra Chahal He Wants to be The World’s Best All-Rounder

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s patience was evident in Mumbai’s second innings against Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy semi-final. Prithvi Shaw and he opened. Shaw started off strong, scoring 64 off 71 balls.

Yashasvi left every outside off delivery without responding to UP bowlers and fielders. UP bowlers were frustrated by Yashasvi’s Pujara-and-Dravid mode.

The left-hander hit a boundary off Ankit Rajpoot’s 54th delivery. He smiled and hoisted his bat as his teammates celebrated in the locker room.
Yashasvi planned to stay in the middle as long as possible in the key match. The 20-year-old scored 181 runs off 372 balls, with 23 fours and 1 six.

This was Yashasvi’s second consecutive century. The Mumbai batsman scored centuries in both innings of a Ranji Trophy match for the ninth time. Yashasvi scored 100 in the first innings and 181 in the second, joining Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, and Wasim Jaffer.

Mumbai, with 41 Ranji Trophy championships, entered the final after overcoming Uttar Pradesh in the semis. Mumbai will play Madhya Pradesh in the final on June 22 in Bengaluru.

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Yashasvi, who won Man of the Match for his performance in the semis, spoke to TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview on his knocks, IPL 2022, and playing with Jos Buttler.

Two Superb Knocks Put Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy Final

Amazing! I’m speechless. This was hard-won. I practised, sweated at the nets, examined old batting footage, and made corrections. Confidence has grown. I wanted to win the semifinal match with style. I’m glad I helped my team a lot. I’m anticipating the final. Mumbai is pumped. Everyone uses the same method. Plan is to win every session.

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You Needed 54 Balls to score in The Second Innings, a Rarity Even in a long Match Plan?

I wanted to stay in the middle. My team needs that. With a couple more wickets, we’d have lost. Patience was essential. I took it one ball at a time, monitoring and analysing the pitch. I switched gears after I started. I knew a new ball could help if I didn’t drop it. Good bowling. The aim was to play deliveries coming into the stumps. I don’t want to quit my squad in the middle; I want to finish well.

The wicket was slow, I noticed. After Prithvi left, I told Armaan Jaffer the plan. I wanted to spend as much time as possible at the crease. Plan: Once I got going, I accelerated. This record escaped me. My teammates told me in the locker room. I’m honoured to be listed alongside Sachin, Wasim, Rohit, and Ajinkya. 50 became 100, then 150. I’m glad I planned and followed through. I didn’t want to lose my wicket. We had time to bat and score runs.

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Big game. After every session and break, I spoke with Amol sir. “Stay there, take it one ball at a time,” he said. Ditto. Not scoring a run in 54 at-bats didn’t bother me. Staying there, sticking to the plan, and not losing my wicket was essential to me. Armaan Jaffer and I agreed to this proposal. Daryl Mitchell congratulated me after both centuries. He praised you. Continue. Stop!

You Regret not Scoring 200?

I could’ve gotten 200. Okay. I’m pleased with my semis performance and the team’s. I’m studying for the exam. I want to win the big game. I practised shots and techniques. I’ve developed confidence over time. I trust my skills.

Rajasthan Royals lost IPL 2022, How was this Season’s RR Locker Room?

RR says we must improve and learn daily. The result will come automatically if we focus on the process, work hard, and make daring judgments. Next season, I want RR to win. This season, we played great cricket. We’ve all contributed and worked hard, from Jos Buttler to Yuzvendra Chahal. We didn’t win, but I think we’ll be stronger next year. Strong team. Personal Goal: Win for Team.

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How’s life as a Rajasthan Royal?

Family. I’m treated like family. I’ve learned plenty. Exchanging knowledge and expertise with gamers from around the world has benefited me a lot. They’ve provided several chances. I scored 60+ versus Punjab Kings. It gave me confidence.

Jos Buttler has been Threatening

Legendary Jos Buttler. He’s great. He’s great. I’ve beaten him at chess several times (laughs). Our best batter. It’s enjoyable to bat, dress, and converse with him. Pressure doesn’t bother him. He swings effortlessly.

Leg Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal Gave you Bowling Tips?

He’s unknown (laughs). His department reveres him. He’s versatile. He’s good at chess. I discussed bowling with him. He said I’m versatile. I said I want to be the best all-around player. I want to dominate bowling and batting.

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