Mumbai, led by Prithvi Shaw, is playing Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Bengaluru in 2021/22. Apart from Shaw, other star players in the Mumbai squad include Yashasvi Jaiswal and Dhawal Kulkarni, while Shivam Mavi, Ankit Rajpoot, Priyam Garg, and Saurabh Kumar play for UP.
Yashasvi and Shaw stole the show on the third day of the match for completely different reasons. While Shaw scored a quick half-century, Jaiswal took his time to get going. On the 54th ball he faced, the left-handed batsman scored his first run.
Yashasvi Jaiswal gets applauded by teammates after scoring 1st run on the 54th ball
Yashasvi Jaiswal created headlines during Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy semi-final against Uttar Pradesh, playing a very different innings than the ones Rajasthan Royals fans have grown accustomed to seeing in the IPL. For the first 53 balls of his innings, Jaiswal went without scoring a single run.
When he did, his Mumbai teammates sarcastically cheered him from the dressing room, and some of the UP players even joined in the applause. Jaiswal was a gentleman about it, raising his bat towards the locker room.
During his 66-run opening stand with captain Prithvi Shaw, who was dismissed in the 21st over after scoring 64 runs off 71 balls, Jaiswal did not score a run. With a four off the last ball of the next over, he finally got off the mark.
In the first innings, Jaiswal scored 100 runs off 227 balls, his first red-ball century in only his second first-class match.
Former Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who was the head coach of the Rajasthan Royals during the 2022 IPL season, had previously praised Jaiswal.
“We saw what Yashasvi can do last season; we are still scratching the surface with him. He’s very exciting and a guy who has tremendous courage and determination growing up. He’s committed and works hard, sometimes too hard. He wants to learn all the time. We are very fortunate to have come across Yashasvi and have him in our squad,” Kumar Sangakkara said.