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Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube gave us an exhibition of fearless batting, says Suresh Raina

Written by Praveen CA

 Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has lauded Shivam Dube and Yashasvi Jaiswal for batting aggressively in the second T20I against Afghanistan. India defeated Afghanistan by six wickets in the second T20I at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

Dube and Jaiswal helped India defeat Afghanistan by six wickets and have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series. Both of them scored fifties each and helped the team chase down the target of 173 runs with 26 balls remaining.

During an interaction on Colors Cineplex, former India cricketer Suresh Raina said that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma would hope that in-form players during the 2024 T20 World Cup perform well and said that Dube has been brilliant both while playing for India and in the IPL last year. Dube scored two consecutive fifties against Afghanistan and in Indore.

“This is captain Rohit Sharma’s team. Rohit Sharma will want in-form players and Dube has impressed a lot – not only now, but even in the entire IPL. He impressed a captain like MS Dhoni, who gave him the confidence, and Rohit Sharma has given him the same confidence,” Raina was quoted as saying on Colors Cineplex.

He also said that Jaiswal and Dube had played fearlessly in the second match against Afghanistan. Dube scored an unbeaten knock of 63 runs off 32 balls whereas Jaiswal scored 68 runs off 34 balls.

“It’s because of the bat swing. He plays the full drive. He knows that if he middles it, he will hit the ball out of the ground. He has practiced like that. When you have positive intent in your mind, both Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube believe in the full drive more than the check drive. We saw an exhibition of the fearless batting we talked about. This is our team’s strength,” he added.

The Rohit Sharma-led side will lock horns with Afghanistan in the third and final match of the T20I series at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

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