By India Today Sports Desk: Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan heaped rich praise on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s composure and his ability to start from scratch after the young opener got to a fifty on Day 1 of the 2nd Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain. The legendary pacer said it’s easy for young batters to get carried away by the high of the Test debut but Jaiswal showed a solid approach, getting to a quick fifty to follow up the 171 in his Test debut.
In the opening session of the 2nd Test, Jaiswal, along with captain Rohit Sharma, put up an impressive display. The duo scored close to five runs per over, taking India to a comfortable 121 for 0 at lunch.
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Jaiswal, who had shown remarkable restraint on his debut in Dominica, dashed out of the blocks on the more benign Port-of-Spain track, scoring a quick fifty off just 49 balls. Despite a couple of close calls, he remained unbeaten at 52 at Lunch, showcasing his ability to handle pressure and maintain composure.
This performance comes on the heels of his extraordinary debut in Dominica against the same team, where he scored a whopping 171 runs. This score not only marked his arrival on the international stage but also surpassed Raina’s record as the highest scorer on Test debut in away conditions. His innings was instrumental in India’s victory by an innings and 141 runs, earning him the Player of the Match award.
“It’s just the second innings in his Test career. Very consistent, you have to say. It’s also important to note that he has started from scratch. When you start your next innings after your debut hundred, it’s important you don’t get carried away by what you have done in your previous innings,” Zaheer told Jio Cinema.
Jaiswal departed for 57, getting caught at flying gully in Jason Holder’s 8th over. The wicket also brought the end to a 139-run opening stand between him and Rohit.
‘YASHASVI DIDN’T DO THAT’
Zaheer pointed out that Yashasvi did not do anything rash despite Rohit getting most of the strike in the first session. Notably, both Rohit and Yashasvi got to their fifties in the first session, stitching their 2nd successive 100-plus opening stand in Test cricket.
Rohit and Yashasvi had stitched a 229-run partnership for the first wicket in the first Test in Dominica, which was also their first innings as a pair in the longest format of the game.
“Rohit was getting a lot more strike than Yashasvi. At times, you feel that lack of touch as wellâæ say the other batter is batting at 60 and you are at 30, that kind of sometimes gets you in that zone where you feel ‘oh I am going really slow and you sometimes try to up the ante and you can make an error’.
“Yashasvi has not done that. It’s very important to stick to your routines, stick to your tempo. Both these players have batted at a very good run rate. Yashasvi has been showing really good signs of being in that zone to score big runs,” Zaheer said.
Yashasvi has made a stellar start to his international career. The youngster has also been picked for India’s Asian Games 2023 campaign after his stellar IPL 2023 showing. In 14 matches, he scored 625 runs at an average of 48.07 and a strike rate of 163.61. His highest score was an impressive 124, his maiden IPL century, and five half-centuries.