‘Disappointed’ Jaggi makes a statement after IPL Auction snub

Undeterred by the IPL Auction snub on Tuesday, Ishank Jaggi on Wednesday scored a match-winning 90 off just 51 balls to help East Zone crush South Zone.


Ishank Jaggi en route to his match-winning knock on Wednesday.   -  PTI

On Tuesday evening, Ishank Jaggi was sitting disappointed in East Zone captain Manoj Tiwary’s room. The Jharkhand middle-order batsman — a consistent performer on the domestic circuit — was unhappy not to have seen his name in the list of 351 cricketers shortlisted for the IPL player auction.

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After all, after plundering 890 runs, including four hundreds, during Jharkhand’s Ranji Trophy campaign that was halted in the semifinals, Jaggi had continued in the same vein in the zonal Twenty20 league. He followed it with an unbeaten 37-ball 51 during East Zone’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy opener against Central Zone.

Undeterred by the setback on Tuesday, Jaggi made a strong statement on Wednesday, scoring a match-winning 90 off just 51 balls to aid East Zone crush South Zone. That the innings came against two best pacers in domestic cricket — R. Vinay Kumar and S. Arvind — reiterated Jaggi’s class.

“It was an important knock because our team won. Also, it was important on a personal level because I was disappointed last evening,” Jaggi said. “It has been a good season for me as I feel I have hit the peak. I have played so much of domestic cricket that I know all about it and want to graduate to the next level. That is why this knock was so important. It will help me move up to the next level.”

Jaggi overcame his disappointment and made a statement with his bat. He also enjoyed his share of luck as TV replays showed Vijay Shankar had bowled a no-ball off which Jaggi was caught at deep square-leg on 39.

Good knock

The knock could well propel him back into contention for the player auction. “I am disappointed, but I have to keep performing. I am a professional cricketer and want to keep growing. These things make me mentally stronger as the challenge is huge. Every player is almost the same level so I need to do things that will make me move ahead,” he said.

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