Since he made his Tata IPL debut against the Chennai Super Kings earlier in the tournament, Jitesh Sharma has been the find of the season for the Punjab Kings. Every time he walks in to bat, he brings with him hope for an exciting cameo.
So far, the man from Vidarbha has played nine matches and scored 162 runs at an average of 32.40 and a healthy strike rate of 167.01. As a wicket-keeper too, he has done well, taking seven catches and showing a cool head behind the stumps.
Among many who are now a part of the Jitesh Sharma fan club is former Indian explosive batter Virender Sehwag. So much so that the Indian legend is backing for Sharma to be a part of India’s T20 World Cup side that will fly to Australia in October this year.
“No doubt, brilliant batting. He has impressed. Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, and Wriddhiman Saha are all wicketkeeper-batters, but of all, Jitesh Sharma has impressed me the most. He has a fearless style of batting,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
He further added, “He just expresses himself. He knows his zones, he knows the shots he has to play. The six he hit Yuzvendra Chahal. It reminded me of VVS Laxman when he hit Shane Warne for a six through midwicket. It was a wonderful batting performance,” he said, referring to his 38* (18) in the most recent game.
“He has impressed me a lot. If it was in my hands, I would take him as a backup wicketkeeper-batter to Australia,” Sehwag declared, reinforcing how highly he thought of the talented Punjab Kings batter.
Irfan Pathan also expressed his admiration for the explosive batter
Shikhar and Mayank’s score was bigger on score card but Jitesh Sharma’s 30 runs inning was worth of gold for Punjab.— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 13, 2022
And so did the fans
Yousuf Pathan vibes in those shots over off side from Jitesh Sharma.— ∆🏏 (@CaughtAtGully) May 7, 2022
What a knock by Jitesh Sharma - 38* from just 18 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Gave Punjab Kings an excellent and much needed finish. pic.twitter.com/QB3Lmkb2Uq— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 7, 2022
Jitesh Sharma has been, by a million miles, the bargain of the 2022 auction— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) May 7, 2022
Jitesh Sharma has got the wrist snap at the point of contact that Buttler, Glenn Phillips, Livingstone etc. have got.— IPL 2022 (@iplthebest) May 7, 2022
Of course, not muscular like them, but wrist snap generates enough power for him.
What an Innings and What a finish by Jitesh Sharma. He scored Unbeaten 38* runs from 18 balls including 4 Fours and 2 Sixes against RR. Exceptional hitting by Jitesh Sharma. pic.twitter.com/XTVipNIf8T— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) May 7, 2022
Jitesh Sharma has been a huge positive this season for PBKS. His overall avg this season has been 32.4 while him scoring at 10 RPO. But what stands out is his SR in overs 17-20. He has scored 62 runs in that phase at a SR of 238.4 without being dismissed.— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) May 7, 2022