A blistering century from Yashasvi Jaiswal helped India defeat Nepal in the quarter-final of the Asian Games 2023, and proceed to the semi-final stage.
This was the 14th instance of an Indian men’s batsman hitting a T20I century, and the 8th men’s Indian cricketer to do. Amid his knock of 100 runs in 49 balls, the young left-handed opener broke multiple records, one of which was for becoming the youngest T20I centurion for India.
At the age of 21 years and 279 days, Yashasvi Jaiswal is now the youngest Indian T20I centurion, breaking the record of Shubman Gill, who had hit a century earlier this year against New Zealand at the age of 23 years and 146 days. Before Jaiswal and Gill, it was Suresh Raina who held the record, when he became India’s first-ever T20I centurion in 2010, notching up his T20I hundred against South Africa at the age of 23 years and 156 days.
Youngest Indian Batsmen To Score Century in T20Is:
Yashasvi Jaiswal – 21 Years 279 Days.
Shubman Gill – 23 Years 146 Days.
Suresh Raina – 23 Years 156 Days.
KL Rahul – 24 Years 131 Days.
I don’t think of personal milestones: Yashasvi Jaiswal
Under the captaincy of Ruturaj Gaikwad, India recorded a 23-run win over Nepal in the semi-final on Tuesday at the Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou. Gaikwad won the toss and chose to bat first.
While Gaikwad motored slowly for his 25 runs in 23 balls, Yashasvi Jaiswal went about his way in his typical aggressive fashion. The southpaw smoked 8 fours and 7 sixes in his knock of 100 runs in 49 balls. The two openers added 103 runs in 9.5 overs.
After that, though, regular wickets fell and India were 150/4 in the 17th over. Rinku Singh’s thunderous finish of – 37 runs in only 15 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 2 fours – helped India cross the 200-run mark and finish with 202 runs.
In the chase of 203 runs, four Nepal batters went past 20 but none of them could convert their starts. With the ball for India, Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan took 3 wickets each while Arshdeep Singh took 2 wickets. R Sai Kishore made his T20I debut for India and returned with good figures of 1/25.
Jaiswal said: “I don’t think of personal milestones, I always think about scoring with a high strike rate for the team.”