Yashasvi Jaiswal had a dream start to his international cricket career with a brilliant century on his Test debut against West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica. His outstanding performance received high praise from experts and former cricketers, including the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who also commended Rohit Sharma for his century in the same match.
In a tweet, Sachin Tendulkar applauded Jaiswal’s debut century and also acknowledged Rohit’s splendid hundred, saying, “A Yashasvi start to your Test career, Yashasvi Jaiswal! Well done. And a splendid century by Rohit Sharma.”
Jaiswal became the 17th Indian cricketer to score a Test century on debut and the first Indian player to achieve this feat outside of Asia in over 21 years. It took him 215 deliveries to reach the milestone, and the 21-year-old left-hander remains unbeaten on 143.
Expressing his emotions after Day 2, Jaiswal said, “I’ve just gone out to express myself, thankful for everyone. This is just a start, and I want to do well going further. I think this is one of the emotional knocks for me. I was just proud of myself. It’s difficult to get opportunities in the Indian team, and I would like to thank everyone, the supporters, team management, and Rohit Bhai.”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2023
“I’ve just gone out to express myself, thankful for everyone, this is just a start and I want to do well going further. I think this is one of the emotional knocks for me, was just proud of myself, it’s difficult to get opportunities in the Indian team, I would like to thank everyone, the supporters, team management, and Rohit Bhai,” Yashasvi Jaiswal said after Day 2.
Jaiswal’s remarkable performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) played a crucial role in earning him a spot in India’s squad for the series against West Indies. Representing the Rajasthan Royals in the 2023 IPL, Jaiswal scored an impressive 625 runs at a strike rate of 163.61, making him the fifth-highest run-scorer in the tournament.
In the same Test match, Team India captain Rohit Sharma also played a vital innings, scoring a hundred against West Indies. Rohit was eventually dismissed for 103 by spinner Alick Athanaze. However, opening partner Shubman Gill, who was pushed down the batting order to accommodate Jaiswal, couldn’t contribute much with the bat, managing only six runs. Virat Kohli is currently batting on 36, and at the end of the day’s play, India reached 312/2.
Earlier in the match, West Indies were bowled out for 150 in their first innings. With Jaiswal and Rohit’s brilliant centuries, India has established a strong position in the Test match, giving them a significant advantage. As the match progresses, all eyes will be on India’s batting lineup as they aim to build a substantial lead and put the West Indies under pressure.