IPL 2023: Graeme Smith, the former captain of South Africa, praised Rajasthan Royals (RR) opener Yashasvi Jaiswal highly for his performance in the current IPL 2023. With 572 runs in 12 matches at an exceptional average of 52.27, Jaiswal’s incredible campaign has captured people’s hearts worldwide. The youthful Southpaw also added four half-centuries to his campaign and one ton. And he is currently in a position to win the IPL Orange Cap.

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Graeme Smith exclaimed that the BCCI would have a pleasant headache when choosing the young prospects after his great hits. Mentioning players like Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, and Shubman Gill.

“He Has Controlled That”: Graeme Smith

“In terms of selection, he (Jaiswal) is certainly knocking down the door. That is all he can do at the moment right now. He has controlled that. Indian cricket has many options, like senior cricketers in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, who is injured now. You also have Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill. The selectors surely have some nice headaches, but Yashasvi has certainly put his name up in the conversation.”

Smith was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times

Jaiswal made headlines in his most recent match against KKR. With a thunderous 98-ball undefeated score that included 12 fours and five sixes. Smith, who has been keeping track of Jaiswal’s domestic performances, believes the 21-year-old has improved from the previous IPL season.

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“Well, he has been incredible. I have watched some of his good domestic performances. You can also see growth in his game from the last season of IPL. I have loved watching him play. He has just got a natural ability to find the gap. He has got stroke play, particularly on the offside, and has developed strength on the leg side, making him dynamic.”

Jaiswal said

The majority of seasoned Indian cricketers have called for Yashasvi, 21, to be a part of Team India for the World Cup due to his outstanding season, where he is second on the Orange Cap list behind RCB skipper Faf du Plessis (576 runs), and his performance on Thursday. Smith believes that the young player has clearly contributed, giving the selection committee a happy headache considering the abundance of options available. The RR star’s astounding numbers against spin astounded Smith.

Of the 575 runs he has scored this season in 12 innings, 199 (with a strike rate of 155.5) came against spinners without a single out. His strike rate is the third-best among Indian batters, behind Shivam Dube (177) and Sanju Samson (170), among the 29 batters who have faced at least 75 spin deliveries this season. He remains the only one of those batters who the variety has not dismissed.

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