Despite playing in his first Test in India, and despite having seen England fold for 246, Yashasvi Jaiswal brought his T20 chutzpah to Test cricket and smashed 80 runs in 74 balls in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, which put India totally in command.
Facing the fiery Mark Wood first up, the 22-year-old got a gift as Wood strayed onto Jaiswal’s pads and the southpaw flicked it for four on the first ball of India’s innings.
Englan captain Ben Stokes took a punt and handed the ball to Tom Hartley, the left-arm spinner chosen for his height for this tour more than anything else, but Yashasvi Jaiswal pounced on the debutant right away. The left-hander slogged Hartley for a six over deep mid-wicket in his first ball in Test cricket and another over deep square leg four balls later.
That got Yashasvi Jaiswal going as he only grew in confidence and aggression. Hartley got nervy and dished out half-trackers and full balls outside off-stump, all of which were punished duly by Jaiswal. The batter rocked back for his pull shots and strong hit them to and over the fence; he was imperious in his driving, too.
Matters got worse for Ben Stokes when leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed, playing in his second career Test match, was hammered for fours and sixes down the ground as Jaiswal skipper down the pitch to take on the leggie.
Jaiswal went to stumps on Day 1 at the score of 76* off 70. Stokes made the correct call of introducing Joe Root, a handy off-spinner, in the first over of Day 2. Although Jaiswal hit Root for a boundary, he gave a catch back to Root and was dismissed on 80 runs. His innings came to a close with 10 fours and three sixes.
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