The aspect’s lack of expertise on the prime confirmed in its making an attempt 4 fast-repair mixtures. Asked why he left Punjab, Jiwanjot instructed TOI: “I wasn’t playing enough cricket. They gave me regular four-dayers but sidelined me in the limited-overs. In the seven years with Punjab, I got only eight List A matches and no T20 game. I wanted to play all three formats and Chhattisgarh offered the chance.” Now he wants to be back on the Indian selectors’ radar.
A cursed tag
A 12 months after turning skilled, the 30-12 months-outdated batsman stated: “I don’t like to carry an empty tag of specialist without getting much chance to prove it. Being branded long-format specialist is nothing new in this country. Rahul Dravid, even after scoring close to 11,000 runs in One-Day Internationals, was called a Test specialist. Cheteshwar Pujara had an excellent List-A record but they never gave him a good run in the ODIs. This specialist tag is a curse.”
He stated: “How many Indian batsmen can you compare to Pujara? The other branded Test specialists are regular in their states’ limited-overs sides and valued in Indian Premier League (IPL).” The Patiala batsman amassed 1,013 runs in his debut season, following it with 921 subsequent 12 months. It earned him an India-A name-up and he remained on the selectors’ radar till the 2017 Board President XI tie in opposition to Sri Lanka.
He says he deserved extra restricted-overs cricket. He stated: “The selectors look for three-format players. I got only seven to eight matches in a year, and no one remembers your scores. The IPL changed the selection criteria for India. Nowadays, you must play well in the league to get noticed.”
The Chhattisgarh transfer did not pan out properly for Jiwanjot however he completed the season on a excessive with a double century in opposition to Services. “The good part: I played a lot of cricket. The turfs also varied from a bouncy track in Mohali to a low-slow turner in Raipur. None of the matches went into the fourth day and most were low-scoring affairs. It was a difficult but satisfactory season.”
Switching sides whereas turning knowledgeable is not straightforward. Jiwanjot missed Punjab’s ‘by no means say die’ spirit however the tradition shock was tougher to handle. He stated: “With Punjab, even if we conceded a 200-run lead in the first innings, we’d never drop our shoulders. We had a self-belief that we could turn any match around. We never played safe cricket and always went for the kill. Chhattisgarh is a different side.”
Training will not cease
An unsure home season as a result of of the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t decreased the proper-hander’s optimism. He stated: “I will join my Chhattisgarh teammates at the training camp on November 22. I don’t know if there will be domestic cricket this year or not but we have to be prepared. Hopefully, I’ll get to score many runs for the side.”
Asked if he’d need to return to Punjab, he stated: “Happily. I have played almost all my cricket in Punjab. I can never say no to the PCA.”