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SA vs IND: Yashasvi Jaiswal more than impressive in maiden year for India in T20Is

When Yashasvi Jaiswal made the record for the fastest fifty in the history of the IPL earlier this year, he was viewed as the next big thing in T20Is for India if not across formats. The southpaw hasn’t let his team down by any means. In fact, he finished 2023 as the second-highest run-scorer for India in T20Is.

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In 14 innings from 15 matches, Jaiswal scored 430 runs at an average of 33.07 and a strike-rate of 159.25. After performing well in the T20I series against the West Indies, Jaiswal scored his maiden T20I hundred against Nepal in the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou.

Earlier this month, he set the record for most runs scored by an Indian batter inside the powerplay of a T20I. Jaiswal also became only the third Indian batter after Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul to score a half-century inside the first six overs in a T20I.

Jaiswal scored a duck in the first T20I against South Africa, but made amends with a half-century in the third and final game of the series at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. He finished the year with a knock of 60 off 41 balls.

Not quite a great year for Shubman Gill

For Shubman Gill, 2023 was his maiden year in T20Is for the Indian team. But the right-handed batter did not have the best of years by any stretch of the imagination. In 13 matches, Gill scored 312 runs at an average of 26 and a strike-rate of 145.11. Out of them, nine times he failed to go past single digits.

Back in February, he scored an unbeaten 126 against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Apart from that, he scored 77 in one of the T20Is against West Indies in Lauderhill. He also got a score of 46 against Sri Lanka in Raipur.

Barring those three innings, Gill failed to make an impact with the bat in hand. In the T20I series against the Proteas, he scored eight runs from two matches. It goes without saying that with the rise of players like Jaiswal, Gill needs to up his game big time.