Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has emerged as a great platform to shape up Indian youngsters as finished products for the Indian team.

Moreover, Rajasthan Royals’ High Performance Center in Talegaon, near Nagpur, under their Director of High Performance, Zubin Bharucha, is proving to be a finishing school for RR’s talented players. Many of those players are also shining in the Indian team as accomplished cricketers.

Aggressive southpaw Yashasvi Jaiswal and wicketkeeper-batsman Dhruv Jurel are shining examples of it. The left-handed opener has been the best batter (655 runs at an average of 93.57) on both sides in the ongoing Test series against England. The keeper-batter has also made a brilliant start to his career in the two Tests he has played so far.

Reflecting on the performance of Jaiswal and Jurel, Bharucha said, “The goals came from the players themselves, the hunger, desperation, the dream to play for India was always theirs. That is not the franchise’s dream, not my dream, that came from the player.”

As per reports, Jaiswal has been working at the RR High Performance Centre for the last three years and Jurel since two years.

As per Bharucha, they are picking talented, hungry cricketers and helping them reach the next level. He believes that it is the execution of their training that has made the difference and transformed them into all-format players.

“How do we execute that to get them to where they need to be and be the best version of themselves? Both Yashasvi and Jurel are so different, different characters, different types of players, but there is a template how we are preparing each of these guys which is similar,” said Bharucha.

“We are focusing on the quality of the output, the quality of how you hit the shot, where you hit the shot and where you pierce the gap,” he added.