Yashasvi Jaiswal – that is one name which will be discussed by Indian cricket team fans for quote some time now after what he achieved on Friday. The left-handed Indian cricket team opener stood out on the first day of the second Test against England as he stayed unbeaten 179* to guide India to 336/6 at stumps. Jaiswal’s innings came amidst some poor batting display from other India batters. Apart from Jaiswal, none of the other Indian batters could even touch 35. This is Yashasvi Jaiswal’s second Test ton in 10 Test innings.
After stumps were called, Jaiswal opened up about his approach of tackling one session at a time which allowed him to cruise through the 93 overs that were bowled on the opening day.
“I wanted to play it session by session. When they were bowling well, I just wanted to get through that spell. Initially, the wicket was damp and there was spin and bounce, with a bit of seam. However, I wanted to convert the loose balls and play till the end. I would love to double this up and play till the end for the team,” Jaiswal said after the end of Day 1.
“The most fantastic performance came from Yashasvi Jaiswal’s bat. How well the kid batted. Jimmy Anderson was the only pacer and he kept leaving his deliveries. He gave a lot of respect to James Anderson‘s bowling,” Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“When spin came, he hit two fours in the first over. After that, he showed why this player is so special. His conversion rate of fifties into centuries for players, who have 10 or more centuries in first-class cricket is at 73.something. He is even above Sir Don Bradman at this point in time. He is absolutely outstanding.”
The former India star lauded Yashasvi Jaiswal’s composure. “Yashasvi is living up to his name. He shows every time that he is absolutely stellar. He is standing alone on 179 because the second-highest is not even 40. So Yashasvi Jaiswal on one side and the rest of the Indian team on the other,” Chopra added
“He showed how you need to play spin on a surface that is playing like a true Indian surface. It is not a bad pitch, there isn’t too much help for spin, on Day 1 of course. He smothered the full deliveries and hit them hard. He didn’t have any hesitation to hit in the air and reached his century with a six.”