It was a day when records were shattered in the history of the Indian Premier League as Yuzvendra Chahal became the leading wicket-taker in the tournament, going past Dwayne Bravo's tally of 183 scalps in the first innings.
In pursuit of 150 runs, Yashashvi Jaiswal shattered numerous records en route to his unbeaten knock of 98 off 47 deliveries, including the fastest IPL fifty off 13 balls that propelled the team over the line by nine wickets in 13.1 overs.
The southpaw smashed 26 runs off Nitish Rana's first over, which included two sixes and three boundaries and a double that set the tone for the run chase.
In the post-match press conference, the youngster stated that he was not surprised to see Rana bowl the first over. "I wasn’t surprised because I knew that they could use spinners with the new ball on this wicket."
But, when I saw Nitish come and bowl, I backed myself to hit my shots from ball one. I looked at the dimensions and calculated my shots according to the field set for me," he added.
Rajasthan lost their premier batter Jos Buttler to a horrible mix-up in the second over of the innings, and the 21-year-old took full responsibility for the dismissal.
"I learn a lot from Jos bhai. Unfortunately, because of my wrong call, he had to sacrifice his wicket, and I respect that a lot. We all know it happens in the game, nobody does it on purpose. I wanted to take responsibility after that run-out," he said.
Coming from a humble background, Jasiwal has been the standout performer this season, along with Rinku Singh. The youngster shared insights on his preparation ahead of the season and said, "I just feel it all depends on my preparations and how focused and disciplined I am with my fitness because after fielding for 20 overs, you have to go out there and bat from the first ball."
"Overall, I am doing everything outside the field to keep myself fit physically and mentally, which helps me get a lot of confidence that things are going fine. I am fortunate to have a lot of experienced players that help me a lot because, in the end, it is a mind game and then a physical game."
"I will remember this innings for a long time in my career. It was intense, and we did not have a lot of time. When I went out to bat, I suddenly realized that things were going really well for me, so I need to keep going. One of the really memorable matches," he concluded.
Rajasthan Royals are currently placed third in the points table with 12 points and will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in an afternoon encounter on Sunday, May 14, at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.