Yashasvi Jaiswal top-scored for India with 209. (BCCI Photo)
Many were left in awe of the young opener Jaiswal’s innings raising comparisons of the 22-year-old with legendary names such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
A knock for the ages is bound to draw comparisons of the highest order. That is exactly what has transpired following young Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s iconic double century against England in the second Test of the five-match series.
Facing a collapse of India’s batting order yet again, the 22-year-old Jaiswal bore the brunt of the responsibility with the bat to help India post their total of 396, with his stellar innings of 209 runs off 290 balls.
The southpaw stood tall against the English bowling attack when his batting partners kept changing from the other end.
He hit 19 fours and 7 sixes in a knock which his full of discipline and controlled aggression, posting multiple records enroute to his double-century.
Many were left in awe of the young opener’s innings, including former Indian batter Parthiv Patel, who emphasised on the enormity of his achievement, stating that even the great Sachin Tendulkar took a long while in his career, about 10 years after his debut, to post a double-century in the long format of the game.
“Yashasvi Jaiswal used to see the lights at the Wankhede and wanted to hear the applause for him, and we saw that happening in the IPL when he struck a century in the same Wankhede Stadium. However, Test cricket is a different thing. He had already struck a century in Test cricket but today we got to see a double century, which is not scored regularly. Sachin paaji took a long time to score a double century in Test cricket and he has made it early in his career,” Parthiv said, speaking on Colors Cineplex.
The 22-year-old tortured English bowlers galore, taking them on with ease, except for the likes of James Anderson, who has been in exceptional form himself.
Jaiswal’s composed chaos and fearlessness to go after the English bowlers raised comparisons of the youngster holding a a striking similarity to yet another former Indian opener who exemplified the same: Virender Sehwag.
Former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha agreed that whilst the comparisons were justified to an extent, Jaiswal has a long way to go to prove that he can do it as consistently as Sehwag did throughout his career.
“It can be said that he is playing fearless cricket. However, if you talk about Virender Sehwag, it’s not about one, two or three matches. You talk about how his entire career has been,” Ojha said.
“So this is just the start. We will see how he plays going forward. We will pray that he plays like this but it remains to be seen how he keeps the expectations aside and attacks fearlessly. Sehwag did that consistently for many years. So I feel it’s a little early.”