Yashasvi Jaiswal Joins India WTC Squad


Yashasvi Jaiswal Joins India WTC Squad

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Young cricket sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal has been chosen as one of the standby players for the highly anticipated World Test Championship final. The 19-year-old opener from the Rajasthan Royals will be replacing Ruturaj Gaikwad, who had initially been selected as one of the three standby players. Yashasvi’s outstanding performance in the recently concluded IPL season has earned him this coveted opportunity, and he is set to join the Indian squad in the UK.

The news was confirmed by the International Cricket Council on May 28, much to the delight of fans eagerly awaiting the start of the championship. Ruturaj Gaikwad, on the other hand, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he would be unable to join the team before May 5 due to personal commitments.

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Performance

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s inclusion in the squad comes as no surprise, considering his exceptional form in the IPL 2023. The young cricketer amassed a staggering 625 runs in 14 matches, including two centuries. With a strike rate exceeding 150, Yashasvi played a pivotal role in leading the aggressive gameplay for the Rajasthan Royals, even outshining renowned players like Jos Buttler.

Yashasvi has also showcased his prowess in red-ball cricket, having amassed an impressive total of 1845 runs in just 15 matches. Earlier this year, he notched up a double century and a century during the Irani Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh, solidifying his reputation as a force to be reckoned with.


Other Reports for the WTC Squads

In addition to Yashasvi Jaiswal, the Indian squad also includes Suryakumar Yadav, a top-ranked T20I batter, and Mukesh Kumar, an exceptional pacer from Bengal who made his mark in IPL 2023 while representing the Delhi Capitals.

Meanwhile, Australia has made adjustments to their squad as well, adding Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Renshaw as standby players.

It is worth noting that India had to replace the injured KL Rahul with Ishan Kishan as the backup wicketkeeper. Rahul suffered a thigh injury while fielding for the Lucknow Super Giants during the IPL 2023 on May 1, ruling him out of both the IPL and the upcoming WTC final.

Additionally, Ajinkya Rahane has been included in the squad after a long-awaited recall since the South Africa tour in January 2022.

WTC Details

India previously reached the final of the World Test Championship in 2021 but fell short against New Zealand in Southampton. With the inclusion of talented players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, the Indian team aims to rectify their past disappointment and emerge victorious in this thrilling clash against Australia.

The final match of the World Test Championship will be held at the iconic Oval in London from June 7 to 11, where Rohit Sharma’s men will face the formidable Australian team. Australia secured the top position in the WTC 2021-23 points table, while India finished in second place.

The Indian players have been divided into three batches for their travel to England. The first batch, consisting of players like R Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Axar Patel, and Shardul Thakur, arrived in England last week. The second batch is scheduled to reach the United Kingdom on Monday.

The final batch, including players such as Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ravindra Jadeja, will depart in the next couple of days. These players are currently engaged in the IPL 2023 final, which was shifted to a reserve day after rain washed out the play on Sunday in Ahmedabad.


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