Not Rohit Sharma, but Michael Vaughan believes it is young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal who is a big threat in the Indian batting department – in the absence of Virat Kohli – for Ben Stokes’ England unit ahead going into the third Test.
The England players are currently spending time relaxing with their families in the UAE, they left soon after the second Test in Vizag was over.
Jaiswal struck his career’s second Test century and converted it into a majestic double century, which helped in India’s 106-run victory that leveled the series with three Tests to go.
With Rohit Sharma managing only 90 runs in four innings so far, former England skipper Michael Vaughan picked Jaiswal as the major threat to England ahead of the third Test in Rajkot, where conditions are expected to be the best for batting in this series.
Speaking on the ‘Club Prairie Fire’ show, Vaughan said, “He [Jaiswal] is a problem for England. He is an issue. And he is unbelievable.”
When the topic of Jaiswal came up, Australian legend Adam Gilchrist promptly said: “Oh yeah, he can bat.”
That was an exceptional knock from Jaiswal: Rohit Sharma
The 36-year-old India captain was effusive in praise for the 22-year-old Jaiswal, not just for his big run-scoring double ton, but also for not flinching while others got out after getting starts. After Jaiswal’s 209, the highest score in India’s first innings was 32, which made the youngster’s knock even more remarkable.
Rohit said about Jaiswal, “Looks like a very good player, understands his game really well. He’s got a long way to go, of course. He’s just coming to the side now, and every opportunity he’s trying to make the most of it.
“That was an exceptional knock, what he did in the first day. Long way to go, like I said. He’s got a lot to offer to our team, and I hope he stays quite humble and focuses on what is needed for the team.”
The third Test starts on February 15 in Rajkot. India will continue to miss Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, but KL Rahul is expected to be back.