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“I am seeing Rishabh Pant there” – Ravichandran Ashwin on Yashasvi Jaiswal
By SMCS - Jan 26, 2024 9:00 am
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Experienced India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has praised youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal after his stunning knock on Day 1 of the first Test between India and England in Hyderabad on Thursday (January 25). In reply to England’s 246 in the first innings, Jaiswal started well. He scored an unbeaten 76 off 70 balls, including nine fours and three sixes as well. And, Ashwin said Jaiswal’s knock was similar to that of wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant because of their aggressive nature.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a century on Test debut

“That’s the beauty of playing this sport at this level,” Ashwin said to the host broadcaster after the day’s play. “Somebody breaks through the system, doesn’t have any excess baggage, had a great time in the IPL, had a wonderful start to his first-class cricket. He’s literally not put a foot wrong. He’s walked into Test cricket, he’s taken it like a fish to water. His carefree approach is enabling him to play some wonderful shots. I am quite enjoying it. I get a feeling sometimes when he’s batting, I am seeing Rishabh Pant there. Both of them bat similarly to the left-arm spinner. Jaiswal has got a lot of shots, his range is pretty wide and the fearless approach at the moment is serving him really well.”

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However, opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s amazing knock helped India have the upperhand, ending the day at 119/1 after 23 overs as well. They currently trail by 127 runs, with Shubman Gill (14*) in the middle at the other end. Captain Rohit Sharma got out after scoring 24 off 27 balls as well.

Team India
Team India

“240 was a very, very good competitive total I thought,” he continued. “When we left the field, I was thinking probably 30-40 runs more than what we would have liked. The start that Jaiswal and Rohit gave us is making us breathe a little easy. Someone going on and making a hundred tomorrow will put us in the driver’s seat,” Ravichandran Ashwin concluded.