IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: Yashasvi Jaiswal Schools James Anderson in Six-hitting Masterclass

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his double century on the fourth day of the third cricket test match between England and India in Rajkot, India, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his double century on the fourth day of the third cricket test match between England and India in Rajkot, India, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Yashasvi Jaiswal settled his score with James Anderson amid a gluttony of records in the Rajkot Test.

Yashasvi Jaiswal was less than 18 months old when James Anderson made his Test debut for England in May 2003. Cut to February 2024, the left-hander took guard against the experienced English seamer, playing his 183rd Test, in Vishakhapatnam for the first time. It was a game which saw Jaiswal hit a double hundred but he opted for a very watchful approach against Anderson and was dismissed by the 41-year-old in both the innings. He faced a total of 76 deliveries from Anderson in that game and managed 20 runs, and just one boundary.

India comfortably won that fixture and action moved to Rajkot for a crucial Test as the series was excitingly poised at 1-1. For Jaiswal, there was a score to settle as Anderson won the first round. There wasn’t much to read into the first innings as the young opener was dismissed early but managed two boundaries from the eight Anderson deliveries he faced. Unlike Vizag, he looked positive vs Anderson but Mark Wood didn’t allow a longer contest between the two.

Jaiswal was clearly in no mood to take the flight to Ranchi without settling the score and put on an unbelievable show in the second innings and took Anderson to the cleaners. The youngster faced 21 deliveries from the seamer and smashed him for 46 runs, laced with four boundaries and four sixes. Three of those sixes came off consecutive deliveries in the 85th over which saw Anderson leak 21. One came in the 27th over on Day 3 where the left-hander hit two boundaries after the six to collect 14 off just three deliveries.

The three sixes in the 85th over was only the second time in his career, which is over two decades, that Anderson was hit for three sixes in an over. The first time it happened was back in 2013 when George Bailey launched an assault at the WACA.

Smashing records

All of seven Tests old, Jaiswal batted with a lot of authority against Anderson, who has made life difficult for even the best in the business, across the two days in the second Indian innings and rewrote record books.

In just three Tests, he has managed to hit 22 sixes – the most in a Test series and his 12 sixes during the 234-ball 214* were the joint-most in a Test innings. The 545* runs by Jaiswal in the series is the most by an Indian left-hander in a Test series as he broke the record held by Sourav Ganguly for 17 years. The former India captain scored 534 runs in the 2007 home series vs Pakistan.

Double centuries in back-to-back Tests have also put him in elite company as he is now only the third India to hit more than one double hundred in the same series, the third Indian to hit double tons in back-to-back Tests and the first Indian to convert first three Tests hundreds into 150+ scores.

It was a watchful start to the innings on Day 3 but the moment he got his eye in, he took off and never looked back. Some discomfort in the lower back forced him to retire hut close to stumps but he returned to bat when Shubman Gill was run out for 91 in the morning session of Day 4 and like Saturday, the start on Sunday was again a watchful one but the moment he took stock of conditions, an explosion followed.

The free-flowing unbeaten stand between Jaiswal and Sarfaraz Khan, who hit fifty in both innings, saw India add 172 runs in just 158 deliveries and the left-hander did the bulk of the scoring in lightning-quick time. He added 99* off just 86 balls to put the match well beyond England’s reach.

There was a thundering applause and a standing ovation from the changing room as Jaiswal, with the helmet off and arms raised, took the staircase. The 22-year-old, with every Test outing, is serving a stern reminder that he is here to stay, and here to dominate.

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