Mumbai. India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was the Man of the Series in the Under-19 World Cup, said that practicing in AstroTurf pitches helped him play well on South Africa’s bouncy pitches.
Jaiswal became the highest run-getter by scoring 400 runs in six innings of the tournament. It also includes an unbeaten century in the semi-final against Pakistan.
Jaiswal said, “Jwala sir (his mentor) told me that I have to bring the best player award from there. We practiced a lot of batting on bouncy pitches. We also practiced a lot of playing short ball. ‘
The 18-year-old, who named the man of the series to his coach, said, “I was either playing or dropping short balls. Astro Turf has the same bounce as on the pitches there, so I practiced batting on Astro Turf pitches which benefited. ‘
Jaiswal, who is seen as a big player in the coming times of Indian cricket, said that during the tournament he learned how to bat during pressure moments.
He said, ‘The experience of playing in different countries was fantastic. The pitches were different here. I also enjoyed batting during net practice with the match.
The left-handed batsman said, “I got to learn a lot about dealing with pressure during the game as there was pressure in most matches.”
Jaiswal played 59 (against Sri Lanka), 29 not out (Japan), 62 (Australia), 105 not out (Pakistan) and 88 (against Bangladesh in the final) in the tournament. He said that the century innings against Pakistan is a ‘very important century innings’ of his career.
Jaiswal, who lived in a tent in Mumbai and sold water puris, thanked the chief selector of the junior team, Ashish Kapoor, who advised him to fire the innings.
He said, “All the selectors of the under-19 team helped me. Because of Ashish Kapoor sir, I started to start the innings. I would like to thank all the selectors and coaches. ‘