“Of course I’m disappointed, but it happens in cricket” – Yashasvi Jaiswal rues missed opportunity in second Test
By SMCS - Jul 21, 2023 11:00 am
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Young India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal missed out on the opportunity to score his second century in the longer format on Thursday. However, he chased a delivery outside the off stump and eventually caught off Jason Holder’s bowling, soon after scoring a solid half-century.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal

“Of course I’m disappointed, but it happens in cricket,” Jaiswal said at the end of the first day’s play at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. “I’ve to keep learning and make sure what I can do the next time I come in that situation. It’s okay, it’s cricket. Every time the desire is to ensure how well I can contribute and play well for the team. That’s the thought in every match – to set a good platform for the team.”

He again stated: “Whenever I bat, I always try to bat for long. There’s of course disappointment when we get out. It’s cricket, we need to keep learning what we can do next time. It’s always a pleasure to play for the country, to enjoy the pressure, to enjoy the situation, enjoy the wicket, the environment.”

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However, Yashasvi Jaiswal also shared how he listens to all but filter out what’s best for his game. Notably, India got off to a strong start after being put into bat, with the openers adding a 139-run stand. He also added that they weren’t surprised by West Indies’ decision to bowl first as the pitch was slightly different from the previous Test.

He added: “Everyone has their own way of telling things, and everyone has experience. So I’ll listen to everything that’s said and see what suits my game and try doing that. If I’m around people who are experienced, and they are talking, there is some thought behind it. I really like to hear them and try seeing what suits my game and try to develop my game. Getting information, experience and learning from them – small stuff – is incredible.”

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a dominating century

He continued: “We were ready for whatever comes. This wicket was different from the previous wicket. It was good to bat on, I was enjoying batting with Rohit bhaiya. We’re always talking about the situation and how we can go ahead. Of course we had our plans of what we can do.”

However, after a strong opening stand, India lost a few wickets. After Yashasvi Jaiswal’s dismissal, Shubman Gill fell very cheaply and Rohit Sharma fell 20 short of a century as well. Ajinkya Rahane also failed to score before Virat Kohli steadied the ship with an unbeaten 87 in his 500th international appearance, which helped India to reach 288 for 4 at stumps.

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“We’ve been batting well. We will think about having a good target. Let’s see what will happen tomorrow. It’s always great to watch him (Virat Kohli) bat and bat alongside him. He’s a legend and I’m blessed to play with him. It’s wonderful to go out with him and learn from him. There is a lot to learn from him, to keep watching what he does outside the field and on the field. It’s a pleasure to talk to him and learning from him,” Yashasvi Jaiswal concluded.