Former England cricketer David Lloyd emphasized the significance of Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, who stands as a major challenge for the English team. David proposed a strategy of enticing Jaiswal into making errors by exploiting his ego.
At just 22 years old, Jaiswal has emerged as the leading run-scorer in the series after two Tests, amassing 321 runs at an impressive average of 80.75.
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Jaiswal played a pivotal role in Team India’s impressive 106-run victory during the second Test of the ongoing five-match series in Visakhapatnam. The left-handed batter showcased remarkable resilience, scoring an incredible 209 runs from just 290 balls. His innings included a staggering seven sixes and 19 fours, significantly contributing to India’s formidable total. Remarkably, his score stood out amidst a lack of substantial contributions from other batters, with the second-highest score being a modest 34 in the first innings.
Meanwhile, David Lloyd, in his column for the Daily Mail, suggested that the England cricket team should take an unconventional approach when facing Yashasvi Jaiswal in the upcoming Test match. Additionally, he lauded the impressive performances of Indian batters like Shubman Gill. He wrote:
“Jaiswal is a dasher all right but he doesn’t have an obvious weakness, so I would be thinking slightly outside the box and rather than bowling the left-arm spinner against him with the new ball, I would be tempted to persevere with the off-spinner, placing temptation in the deep. I would like to see England play on Jaiswal’s ego bit more,”
He added: “Shubman Gill stepped up in the second Test and the Indian batters are all well capable of getting massive scores. The one England have had the most problems with so far is Yashasvi Jaiswal and their challenge therefore is to try to work out a plan to dismiss the series’ leading run scorer.”
Jaiswal has made a remarkable start to his Test career, boasting an impressive average of nearly 58 across six matches. His debut against the West Indies saw him shine brightly with a magnificent knock of 171 runs. Additionally, in India’s first Test defeat at Hyderabad, the southpaw exhibited his aggressive batting style, scoring a brisk 80 off just 74 deliveries.
David Lloyd also hinted that the historically high-scoring pitch at Rajkot might favor England, as their batsmen could capitalize on its nature by adopting an aggressive approach right from the start.
“Such ridiculously high totals at Rajkot suggest there is little difference whether you bat first or second, and in old money this would be a long, drawn-out match. However, there’s been a mind shift from England of course and we all know this team under Ben Stokes are going to be aggressive. It seems to be a venue where you can really give it a tonk,” wrote Lloyd.
India and England are set to clash in the third Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, starting from February 15. The Indian team has a solid record at this venue, having won one match against the West Indies in 2018 and drawn another against England in 2016.
India has maintained an unbeaten streak in home Test series since 2012, showcasing their dominance on familiar turf. Meanwhile, England, led by Ben Stokes and coached by Brendon McCullum, has remained undefeated in red-ball series since mid-2022.