Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith is wanting ahead to how the youthful players in the squad, notably all-rounder Riyan Parag and batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, carry out in the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League.
Riyan was 17-year-outdated when he made his IPL debut with the Royals final yr and Smith stated that he was very a lot impressed with the liberty with which he batted and recalled the time when he nearly dismissed MS Dhoni.
“Young 17-year-old kid carrying around his teddy bears. He copped a bit but when he went out to play he did it with such freedom and even won a few games with his own bat. Pretty special, I could just see the joy on his face,” Smith stated in an interplay with RR staff mate Ish Sodhi on the franchise’s Facebook web page on Tuesday.
“He was bowling to MS Dhoni and almost got him out and just the smile on his face when he was bowling was so cool. We’ve been very lucky to have some good young players.”
Smith stated that he’s additionally excited to see how Jaiswal would do if and when the season begins. Jaiswal went into the U19 World Cup final yr with lots of hype round him resulting from his report breaking double-ton in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He ended up taking the World Cup by storm and was the best scorer in the event.
“Jaiswal, he was the top scorer at the U19s and looks a quality player. So, fingers crossed we can get over this year and see all that young talent close up again,” stated Smith.
Smith hoped that the scenario across the coronavirus pandemic will get normalised shortly and the IPL can occur this yr. It was scheduled to start out on March 29 however needed to be postponed as a result of unfold of the virus.