Jitesh Sharma: Virender Sehwag’s prediction came true in 3 months, IPL star will debut in Team India


New Delhi: Flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman Jitesh Sharma, who has made it into the Indian squad for the Asian Games, says he is following the advice of head coach Rahul Dravid, who asked the Vidarbha player to go with his natural game. Jitesh, who has impressed with his batting in the last two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been a part of the dressing room of the Indian team. Regarding Jitesh, Virender Sehwag had also said in May that he would play for the Indian team within a year. However, the player, who made it to the national team after Sanju Samson’s injury earlier this year, did not get a chance to debut. met. Told Jitesh, ‘There is always discussion about improvement in the game. Yes, a few months ago when I became a part of the team in the series played on home soil, I had a talk with Rahul sir. The Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China from 23 September.

India has sent a cricket team for the first Asian Games.

India will send its cricket team to these games for the first time. The men’s cricket matches at the Asian Games will begin on September 28. When Jitesh was asked what advice Dravid gave, he said that the coach had said, ‘Keep batting the way you are batting. That’s what we’re looking for in the future. We need such players only at this position (at number five or six in batting).

The words of the Indian coach got stuck in the mind of this player. Playing the role of a finisher in T20 cricket requires patience along with the ability to play big shots with ease. Jitesh has been excellent on both these counts. He has done this in the last two seasons of the IPL with the Punjab Kings. Jitesh has grabbed headlines for his explosive batting in the death overs and will be expected to continue his good form in the Asian Games as well.

His selection in the national team does not come as a surprise as he has been close to making it to the team for quite some time now. When asked about his selection in the Indian team, he said, ‘I am not surprised by it. As a player, you get the feeling that you are in this race. I think it is a good decision.

Jitesh did a lot of batting in IPL

Jitesh’s strike rate in 26 IPL matches has been close to 16 while his strike rate in 90 T20 matches has been close to 150. When asked about his strength and role as a finisher, the player, who hit 44 fours and 33 sixes in 24 IPL innings, said, “Good habits stay with you and ‘power hitting’ is a habit that I developed.” Is. I focus on adopting good habits during practice. The work you work on the most during practice becomes easy for you to do on the field.

Usually batting in the last 10 overs, Jitesh likes to bat under pressure. He practices keeping this in mind as if he is batting in the last over. He said, ‘During practice, I bat thinking about any situation of the match. In practice, I think of batting in the 16th, 17th and 18th overs. Then I practice by putting myself in imaginary match situations. I practice thinking that the team needs 30 runs in 12 balls or 18 runs in six balls or 12 runs in three balls.

Jitesh thanked Punjab Kings

He thanked his franchisee. Jitesh has been allowed to play his natural game on behalf of Punjab Kings. This player said, ‘If I take the name of any one person, it will be unfair. I have received a lot of support from the Punjab Kings and all the experienced Indian players associated with the franchise.

Jitesh is trying to make a place in the Indian team at a time when the team has many options. Rishabh Pant will be ready to make a comeback after recovering from injury. Ishan Kishan is currently India’s top wicket-keeper batsman. Sanju Samson is also included in this list.

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