“He lost patience and reached out to a widish…”: Gavaskar’s Take A Jibe On Yashasvi Jaiswal

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s debut series for India has been promising, with the 21-year-old displaying his potential as a top-order batsman. In his first three innings, Jaiswal scored 266 runs, including a magnificent century on debut, becoming the 17th Indian player to achieve this feat. However, former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels Jaiswal missed out on converting his starts into big hundreds in the second Test against the West Indies.

In the second Test, played at a batting-friendly pitch, Jaiswal had an opportunity to score another century. After completing his fifty, he got complacent and chased a wide delivery, getting caught at second slip for 57. Gavaskar believes that the pitch had no demons and a batsman needed to be focused and patient to capitalize on the conditions, as evidenced by Virat Kohli’s century in his 500th Test.

“Virat Kohli celebrated his 500th international appearance with a century. After seeing the first few deliveries, it was apparent there was no devil in the pitch, and a batter had to be overconfident or complacent to miss out on a hundred. Jaiswal lost patience and reached out to a widish half-volley and was caught at deepish backward point, and Rohit didn’t quite go to the pitch of the ball to be bowled,” Gavaskar mentioned in his column for Mid-Day.

Gavaskar criticized the India vs. West Indies Test series, stating that it has been one-sided compared to other high-profile series like the Ashes and Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka. The Ashes and PAK-SL series have witnessed competitive and thrilling battles, but the two-Test series in the Caribbean has been relatively one-way traffic, with India dominating. The lack of competitiveness has resulted in low stadium attendance, with only a few hundred people, mostly Indian supporters, present during matches.

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“In Trinidad, though, it looked so one-sided that there are barely a few hundred people at the ground to support the home team, the West Indies. Most of those are Indians living overseas who have come to see their favorite Team, India. They were not disappointed as they saw a good opening stand between skipper Rohit Sharma and newcomer Yashasvi Jaiswal.”Gavaskar

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