Former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha has praised Yashasvi Jaiswal for scoring a stunning ton in Team India’s first innings of the second Test against England. However, Jaiswal was unbeaten on 179 as India ended Day 1 in Visakhapatnam on Friday (February 2) at 336/6 as well. He was the highest scorer, with Shubman Gill (34) being the second-highest run-scorer on Day 1 as well.
Reviewing the day’s play on Colors Cineplex, Ojha said: “He didn’t get bogged down under pressure. Wickets were falling and he lost his senior partner in the form of Rohit Sharma. His partners also played and built partnerships, but the way he played, you remember only one shot where he lost his patience slightly against the off-spinner. Other than that, the mindset he showed and the flow with which he batted, he played on merit and showed today why he has such good numbers and why he has such a good conversion rate.”
It is also noteworthy that, Yashasvi Jaiswal has converted 11 of his 15 fifty-plus scores in first-class cricket into tons. The unbeaten 179 is his best score in Test cricket now, surpassing the 171-run knock he played against the West Indies on debut as well. Meanwhile, Parthiv Patel also appreciated Yashasvi Jaiswal for his stunning ton, saying that he has learnt from his mistake in the first Test as well.
“The way he batted and the shots he played were absolutely praiseworthy. We were discussing in the last Test that he got a start but couldn’t convert it into a big score. However, here he converted the start he got. He came with a different kind of approach and we got to see different kinds of shots. If we see the innings progression, he was trying to hit a six off the first ball in the first Test, but here he took his time. He changed gears after 50 or 60, and then he started his innings again once he had scored a hundred. Then only you can go towards such a big score,” he shared.