Indian cricket is challenging, and Yashasvi Jaiswal is aware of the challenges. He displayed remarkable patience and resilience, facing 350 balls by stumps in a Test. Jaiswal aims to bat “long” and score heavily, despite facing challenges like slow Dominican pitches and sharp turns. He remained calm and focused on his mental preparation.
The debut of Yashasvi Jaiswal has an antique vibe
Yashasvi Jaiswal said, “Will try to bat as long as possible. My career is just getting started. I’ll pursue it while remaining committed and disciplined.”
The skill is never in doubt
Never is the talent questioned. Indian cricket has become such a grind that anyone who makes it to the top must be exceptional, if not a little lucky. Jaiswal will soon be on his own and will have to convince people every day why he should represent India, which is undoubtedly one of the most challenging tasks in the world. And he is aware of it.
Yashasvi Jaiswal’s incredible patience
The remarkable patience with which Yashasvi Jaiswal performed the entire second day was the first step in proving that he belongs in this league, not his hundred. Jaiswal’s repetitive motions of maintaining a steady head, using a full bat face, a long stride out, playing as straight as possible, and lowering himself to the ball’s pitch were almost monotonous.
Yashasvi Jaiswal faced 350 balls by the end of day 2
Jaiswal endured 350 balls by stumps, the most ever for an Indian in a Test innings. The previous record was hit by Mohammad Azharuddin in 1984 at Eden Gardens during his 110 against England when he used 322 balls. Jaiswal is ready for more of these lengthy innings, given that he faced six first-class innings with 200 or more balls before this one.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, “My career is just getting started”
“Batting jari hai.” At this point, after stumps fell, Jaiswal said, “Will try to bat as long as possible. My career is just getting started. I’ll pursue it while remaining committed and disciplined.”
Jaiswal wants to bat “long”
Note the clarity of Jaiswal. He wants to bat “long,” which most people would agree also entails scoring heavily. Bazball may have developed a prizefighting strategy based on batting at high risk, but in challenging situations, dropping anchor and waiting for the right ball becomes essential.
The Dominican pitches are challenging for new batters
The Dominican pitch called for a similar strategy. In addition to being slow, it provided sharp turns and bounce, requiring batters to stay as far back as possible. New batters found it to be very challenging.
As did Shubman Gill, who edged Jomel Warrican after his forward defense failed to allow him to cover the turn. Virat Kohli spent most of his innings defending, poking, and attempting to control the strange bounce.
Jaiswal also had trouble, but he showed calmness
Yashasvi Jaiswal also had trouble. He radiated calm assurance. Of course, Rohit Sharma’s wise advice would not have allowed him to get by. Jaiswal claimed that Rohit bhaiya instructed him on how to play, what shots to take, and where to score runs throughout his innings. “He was telling me to do it before the game as well. I also kept considering how to succeed and mentally get ready.”