Punjab Kings may have lost the Saturday contest vs Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022 however there was one optimistic for them on the night time in type of Jitesh Sharma.
The PBKS wicket-keeper and batter smashed 38 off simply 18 balls to assist the group attain 189/5 after a mid-inning collapse. His innings incuded 4 boundaries and two sixes respectively.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag is may impressed with the teen and desires him to be included in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2022 which is to happen in Australia later this yr.
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“He has impressed quite a bit… So should we also include him in the Australia-bound T20 World Cup squad?” Sehwag mentioned in ‘Cricbuzz Reside – Speaking Factors’.
“I’m simply asking as a result of whoever scores runs, we preserve them within the class of potential gamers for the World Cup. However little question, he has impressed me rather a lot.
“If i had to select the team, I would take him to Australia as a second wicketkeeper-batter for the T20 World Cup (in September-October),” Sehwag mentioned.
There have been fairly just a few combating for the reserve wicketkeeper-batters’ slot together with Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik and Sanju Samson however Sehwag put Jitesh forward of all of them.
“Ishan Kishan is a wicketkeeper-batter, Rishabh Pant is a wicketkeeper-batter, (Wriddhiman) Saha is a wicketkeeper-batter however out of all of them, if there’s somebody who has impressed me probably the most is Jitesh Sharma.
“The flair with which he bats… He has no fear, he comes into bat and expresses himself. He knows on what ball to play a shot over the covers, what ball I need to play over mid-off and mid-on,” Sehwagh hailed.
The six Jitesh hit in opposition to Yuzvendra Chahal leaning outdoors the crease and lifting it over broad lengthy on reminded Sehwag of the best way VVS Laxman used to hit in opposition to the legendary Shane Warne.
“He reminded me of VVS Laxman with the six he hit off Yuzvendra Chahal… Laxman used to hit Shane Warne with an open stance over mid-wicket. He has impressed me quite a bit.”
Purchased at his base worth of Rs 20 lakh, Jitesh has made 162 runs from seven innings, of which he was unbeaten twice, and he additionally boasts of a strike-rate of 167.01.
With PTI inputs