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Chris Gayle Lauds Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Prowess, Drawing Comparisons To Chanderpaul
By CricShots - Feb 23, 2024 1:11 pm
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In the ongoing fourth Test of the India-England series at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi, Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bat first. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s meteoric rise in the series has captivated cricket enthusiasts worldwide. With an impressive tally of 545 runs in just six innings, including two double-centuries, and a notable half-century, the 22-year-old has earned accolades from cricket legend Chris Gayle.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal scores a double century

Jaiswal’s remarkable feats include back-to-back double centuries in Vizag and Rajkot, scoring 209 and an unbeaten 214* in the respective innings. His current aggregate places him just 139 runs shy of the 1000-run milestone in Test cricket, a feat that could make him the fastest Indian and the world’s second-fastest batter to achieve this milestone if accomplished in the ongoing Test.

Chris Gayle, in awe of Jaiswal’s prowess, likened him to a seasoned veteran, specifically comparing him to the legendary Shivnarine Chanderpaul, albeit in a more aggressive guise. Gayle emphasized the importance of allowing Jaiswal to maintain his natural attacking style, drawing parallels with his own aggressive approach throughout his illustrious career.

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“It’s like the guy (Yashasvi Jaiswal) has been playing for 20 years, unbelievable,” remarked Chris Gayle. “He reminds me a lot of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a more attacking version of him… they shouldn’t try to curb him or try to change him,” he added.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle

With 861 runs in seven Test matches at an impressive average of 71.75, Jaiswal’s journey in Test cricket has been nothing short of extraordinary. His three centuries, all surpassing the 150-run mark, including two double centuries, underscore his remarkable talent and potential.

Jaiswal has already notched up 22 sixes in the ongoing series alone, setting a new record for an Indian in a Test series. Additionally, he stands on the cusp of surpassing the record for the most runs by an Indian batter in a Test series, currently held by Sunil Gavaskar with 774 runs.

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With four innings left in the series, Jaiswal’s scintillating form suggests that he is well-positioned to rewrite the record books and further solidify his stature as one of India’s brightest cricketing talents.