‘Yashasvi Jaiswal Hasn’t Learned From Us’: Nasser Hussain Schools Ben Duckett After Bizarre Claim

Last Updated: February 19, 2024, 22:13 IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal is the leading run-getter of the ongoing India-England series. (AP Photo)

Yashasvi Jaiswal is the leading run-getter of the ongoing India-England series. (AP Photo)

Nasser Hussain is mighty impressed with the way Yashasvi Jaiswal has performed in the ongoing India-England Test series.

Ben Duckett had raised eyebrows after claiming that England should be credited in part for India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s attacking hundred on the third day of the Rajkot Test. Duckett said England’s aggression with the bat in Test cricket has forced their opponents to play differently.

However, Nasser Hussain has rejected Duckett’s claim and instead advised England batters to introspect and instead learn how to pace their innings from the young Jaiswal who peeled off a scintillating double-century, the second such score of his seven-Test career.

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“So the comment on Jaiswal, he’s learned from us. Again, I’m going to touch on that. He’s not learned from you. He’s learned from, as I say, his upbringing and all the hard yards he had to put in growing up, and he’s learnt from IPL,” Hussain told Mike Atherton on Sky Sports Cricket.

“If anything, lads have a look at him (Jaiswal) and learn from him. So whatever they’re saying in public and in that dressing room, I hope they’re going back to their room and just a little bit of a self-introspection and going, yeah, I can look at that lad and learn from him. I can improve,” Hussain added.

England are drawing flak for not adjusting their approach to suit the challenging Indian conditions after crumbling to a massive defeat inside four days of the third Test.

Chasing a mammoth total of 557, England were shout out for a mere 122 with India storming to a 434-run win – their biggest ever by run-margin.

England’s newfound approach nicknamed Bazball has brought them success for an extended period since Ben Stokes took over the Test captaincy and Brendon McCullum was appointed as their head coach.

Jaiswal has amassed 545 runs from six innings of the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England. The next best aggregate is from England’s Duckett who has made 288 from six innings as well.

Hussain said Jaiswal’s performance has been the ‘wow moment’ and he has to be one of India’s finest players of spin putting him in the category of Virender Sehwag and Vinod Kambli.

“Jaiswal for me has just been a wow moment,” Hussain said. “He has just been unbelievable. And again, I’ve just talked about how England’s spinners can learn from Indian spinners. I think some of England’s batters can learn from Jaiswal. He is attacking, he is hitting sixes for fun. I sit at home and I watch cricket still as a batter, and think, what shot would I have played? So the moment England spinners get it above the eye line, I pick that up and Jaiswal picks that up and belts it out of the ground. Literally every time I sit home going, always toss that up. Jaiswal belts it out of the ground. I’ve not seen, you’d have to go back to Vinod Kambli or (Navjot) Sidhu when you played on that tour, or Virender Sehwag, some of the great hitters of spin. I think you would put this young lad in.”

“And I said on a previous podcast we’ve done, he’s got that hunger from moving as a twelve-year-old boy and living on Azad Maidan in a tent. He’s got that hunger and discipline, but he’s also got that IPL hitting potential and flair. And that is a dangerous combination as England are finding out – two double-hundreds and big runs. And that’s why England, yeah, play the way you are. But have a look at this lad. He’s playing attacking, but he’s making it count. He’s sitting in. First hour, he didn’t go after England. Second hour, he went after their spinner. So a brilliant performance from him,” he added.

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