Rabada said ‘do you think you can play for India? When you do, don’t smash me’ | Cricket

Punjab Kings’ talented wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma was one of the most influential uncapped cricketers in the recently concluded IPL 2022. The right-handed batter, who pies his trade for domestic cricket in domestic cricket, shares an interesting conversation with South African fast spearhead. Kagiso Rabada of the PBKS team during this year’s IPL. After PBKS ‘last league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jitesh, Rabada went to him and said he hoped that Jitesh would play for India in the coming years and wage war with South African pacers.

“After the last match, Kagiso Rabada called me and asked me to sit next to him and say, ‘Do you think you can play for India?’ I said, ‘KG, I don’t think about the future. I try to focus on that, every match, take one match at a time and focus on it every day. Jitesh told sports presenter Yash Kashikar in ‘Say Yash to Sports’.

The 28-year-old, playing his first IPL, scored 234 runs in 12 matches at an amazing strike rate of 163.64. He had the best scores in all the batters in the IPL with medium overs. The right-hander did not appear in the first few games for the Kings of Punjab but once he was allowed, he grabbed it with both hands and urged PBKS to keep an influential player like M Shahrukh Khan out of the XI.

Jitesh shared his learning with England’s dashing opener Johnny Bairstow and said he had been copying his stance for a couple of years.

“I tried to get as much knowledge as I could from Johnny. I was still copying his stance 2-3 years ago. I saw him hit a century and beat the Australian team. I’m a fan of him. Wants to see me on a bigger scale, ”added Jitesh.


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