IND vs AUS: Yashasvi Jaiswal etched his name in the annals of Indian cricket history on Sunday, November 26, 2023, when he became the highest scoring Indian player in the powerplay of a T20I match against Australia.
Jaiswal’s blistering knock of 53 runs off 25 balls, studded with nine fours and two sixes, set the tone for India’s comprehensive 44-run victory in the second T20I at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
Jaiswal was in imperious form from the outset, taking the Australian bowlers to the cleaners. He hit four boundaries in the very first over, bowled by Nathan Ellis, and continued to plunder runs at will. His half-century came in just 24 balls, a testament to his aggressive intent and clean hitting.
The young left-hander’s innings was not only a personal triumph but also a crucial contribution to India’s cause. His opening partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad (58) laid the foundation for India’s massive total of 235/4, which proved to be too much for Australia to chase down.
Jaiswal’s achievement is all the more remarkable given that he was playing only his second T20I match. The 20-year-old had made his T20I debut in the first match of the series, but he was dismissed for a duck. However, he came back strongly in the second match, proving his mettle on the big stage.
Here is a list of the three Indian players to score a half-century in the powerplay of a T20I match:
- Rohit Sharma (50* vs NZ in 2020)
- KL Rahul (50 vs SCO in 2021)
- Yashasvi Jaiswal (53 vs AUS in 2023)
Jaiswal’s innings is sure to boost his confidence and will serve as a springboard for his future endeavors. He is a talented young batsman with the potential to become a mainstay of the Indian team in all formats of the game.
DISCLAIMER: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.