Yashasvi Jaiswal has been terrific in the domestic circuit for Mumbai and has translated that into the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well. He scored 258 runs at a strike-rate of 133 in the IPL last season and has started this season with 37-ball 54 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
"Playing for the Royals and being out there in the domestic setup has helped me groom as a player and as an individual," Jaiswal said ahead of Rajasthan Royals' (RR) game against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Guwahati.
"I love batting with Jos Buttler and Sanju bhai. Not just this, I also enjoy interacting with them both before and after the match, during practice. I keep asking questions to enhance my game and make the most of the time I get to spend with them and Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara)."
Harbouring hopes of playing for India, Jaiswal, who played in the Under-19 World Cup in 2020, says he is taking it one step at a time to achieve his ultimate goal.
"I need to keep chasing small goals to accomplish the bigger goal and continue fighting the tough times. I know it takes time, so I need to be patient and work hard," the RR opener said.
"My job is to focus on my game, fitness, and mind. I will keep chasing the goal of playing for India, leaving everything to god to decide. I keep telling myself 'I trust, I believe, I will fight, and I will win it'. If I fail, I ensure I work harder and come back stronger."
RR began their IPL 2023 campaign with a 72-run over SRH in Hyderabad. They take on PBKS next on Wednesday (April 5).