The Indian Premier League’s 2022 season has seen a lot of Indian wicket keepers put forth strong performances. While India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has been vital for the Delhi Capitals with his leadership and powerful batting, experienced Indian batsman Wriddhiman Saha has also made big contributions as an opener for the Gujarat Titans. Ishan Kishan of the Mumbai Indians excelled with the bat yesterday night, while Sanju Samson remains a towering presence in the Royals’ batting order.

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag, on the other hand, has suggested uncapped Indian wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma as a backup wicketkeeper option for the T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia in October-November this year. Jitesh struck a crucial 37-ball 37 against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022 on Saturday, guiding the Punjab Kings to a good total of 189/5 in 20 overs.

“Unquestionably excellent hitting.” He has wowed me. Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, and Wriddhiman Saha are all wicketkeeper-batters, but Jitesh Sharma has left the most impression on me. Sehwag told Cricbuzz, “He has a bold hitting approach.”

Sehwag went on to say that one of Jitesh’s strokes in the innings reminded him of VVS Laxman’s battles with Australia veteran Shane Warne.

“All he does is express himself.” He understands his zones and the shots he must take. The six he smashed Yuzvendra Chahal for reminded me of VVS Laxman’s six past midwicket against Shane Warne. “It was a fantastic batting display. He has left a lasting impression on me.” If it were up to me, I’d take him to Australia as a backup wicketkeeper-batter,” the former India opener, Sehwag said.