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Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Majestic Double Century Sets Vizag Aglow
By CricShots - Feb 3, 2024 11:01 am
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Yashasvi Jaiswal stole the spotlight in the second Test against England, crafting a spectacular maiden double-century at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. The young opener’s remarkable feat not only marked a personal milestone but also etched him in the record books as the first Indian since November 2019 (Mayank Agarwal) to achieve a double-ton in Test cricket.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his maiden double century

Known for his attacking style, Jaiswal exhibited exceptional composure amid frequent wicket falls, reaching the monumental 200-run mark from 277 deliveries. Standing as the third-youngest Indian to achieve this after Sunil Gavaskar and Vinod Kambli, Jaiswal also became the first left-handed batter since Gautam Gambhir in 2008 to secure a Test double century.

Joining an exclusive club of Indian left-handers to achieve this feat โ€“ Gambhir, Kambli (twice), and Sourav Ganguly (once) โ€“ Yashasvi Jaiswal’s innings showcased maturity beyond his years.

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Reflecting on his outstanding performance at the end of the first day, Yashasvi Jaiswal emphasized the importance of trusting his process and maintaining discipline in response to changing pitch conditions and an aging ball. Messages from Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid urging him to stay calm and convert hundreds into substantial innings played a pivotal role in his mental approach.

In the current innings, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s resilience and confidence were evident as he led India’s charge, concluding the first day unbeaten at 179 runs from 257 deliveries. His dominance placed India in a commanding position at 336 for six, a testament to his solo brilliance as no other batter managed to score even a half-century.

On Day 2, Yashasvi Jaiswal showcased versatility, defying Shoaib Bashir with strategic rotation of strike while cautiously facing the challenge posed by James Anderson. Breaking free in the 100th over, he unleashed a six against Bashir to reach his century, and later secured his double-century with a boundary.

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With two centuries and two half-centuries in just ten Test innings, Yashasvi Jaiswal’s adaptability shone through as he seamlessly switched between ground strokes and aerial shots. The innings featured elegant drives and lofted shots, particularly against spinners, underlining his ability to dominate the bowling attack with flair. The Vizag crowd and teammates alike erupted in applause for Jaiswal’s extraordinary display.

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