PTC Web Desk: Yashasvi Jaiswal, the young Indian opener, showcased an outstanding performance in the second Test against England at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam, scoring his maiden double century. His remarkable innings not only anchored India to a commanding position but also established him as the first Indian left-hander since Gautam Gambhir in 2008 to achieve this feat in Test cricket.
Yashasvi Jaiswal's innings of 200 runs off 277 balls makes him the third-youngest Indian after Sunil Gavaskar and Vinod Kambli to breach the double-ton mark in Test cricket. The achievement places him in an elite group of Indian left-handed batters who have scored 200 in Tests, joining the likes of Kambli and former captain Sourav Ganguly.
Day 1 Dominance
On the first day of the Test, Jaiswal had expressed the importance of trusting his processes and maintaining discipline amidst changing pitch conditions. He credited messages from Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid for keeping him calm. Ending the day unbeaten at 179 runs from 257 deliveries, Jaiswal's stellar performance guided India to a commanding position at 336 for six.
Day 2 Brilliance
Facing challenges from pacer James Anderson, Jaiswal exhibited composure and resilience. While being tested by the English pacer, Jaiswal maintained his focus and strategically saw off Anderson's threat. Breaking free in the 100th over, he displayed aggression by stepping out of the crease to hit Shoaib Bashir for a six, reaching his century and later his double century with a boundary.
Versatility on Display
Jaiswal's innings showcased his versatility, seamlessly transitioning between ground strokes and aerial shots. His fearless approach against left-arm spinner Tom Hartley, dispatching him for a six to reach his century, exemplified his ability to dominate the bowling attack with ease. The innings was met with enthusiastic applause from the Vizag crowd and his teammates.
With this innings, Jaiswal now boasts two centuries and as many half-centuries in just his 10th Test innings, underlining his potential as a formidable Test batsman for India.