Yashasvi Jaiswal looks like a superstar in the making: Ben Duckett

Yashasvi Jaiswal looks like a superstar in the making: Ben Duckett


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Ben Matthew Duckett,
Yashasvi Bhupendra Kumar Jaiswal

Published on: Feb 18, 2024

England opener Ben Duckett praised India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal as a ‘superstar in the making’ but cheekily added that his team deserves some credit for inspiring opposition players to bat aggressively in Test cricket.

The young left-handed batter hammered 104 off 133 balls in India’s second innings before retiring hurt due to back spasms. Jaiswal smashed nine fours and five sixes to put the hosts in command on Day 3 of the third Test against England in Rajkot on Saturday, February 17.

Having bowled out England for 319 in their first innings, India reached 196/2 at stumps on Day 3, with an overall lead of 322 runs. While Jaiswal retired hurt, Shubman Gill was unbeaten on 65 off 120 balls.

Speaking at the press conference following the third day’s play, Duckett praised Jaiswal and commented, “When you see players from the opposition playing like that, it almost feels like we should take some credit that they are playing differently than how other people play Test cricket.

Yashasvi Jaiswal looks like a superstar in the making

“We saw it a bit in the summer and it’s quite exciting to see other players and other teams are also playing that aggressive style of cricket. He looks like a superstar in the making, unfortunately he’s in some very good form at the moment. He’s due a couple of low ones,” the England opener added.

Earlier, the visitors collapsed in their first innings from 224/2 to 319. Joe Root’s reverse-ramp off Jasprit Bumrah led to his dismissal and triggered a batting collapse, which saw England lose 8/95. Defending Root, Duckett said, “I’d be interested to know if those people were against it when he was doing it to Pat Cummins and hitting him for six in the summer.

“I have no words really for it. It’s the same as me playing a reverse sweep and getting caught at point. Options are practised and that shot has been very successful for him over the past year, so next time it may go over the slips,” the left-handed batter continued.

Duckett, who clubbed 153 off 151 balls with the aid of 23 fours and two sixes, admitted that India bowled better to England batters on Day 3.

“It was one of those days when I feel we have to give credit to India. This morning they were very good and they didn’t make it easy to score. It felt like their plans were a lot better than maybe last night and unfortunately we just kept on losing wickets at the wrong times,” he said.

“With the ball, I didn’t think we bowled badly at all and Jaiswal has played another incredible innings there. He looks an amazing player,” Duckett added.

–By A Cricket Correspondent


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