Former Indian batsman-wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta has labeled Yashasvi Jaiswal’s thirst for scoring as the young cricketer’s standout aspect. Dasgupta added that the 21-year-old showed exemplary discipline and temperament en route to scoring a hundred tests on his debut.
Jaiswal notched a ton on his Test debut on Matchday 2 against West Indies in Dominica on Thursday. Resuming his innings on his overnight tally of 40, the southpaw came back undefeated on 143 of 350 balls, hitting 14 fours.
The youngster added 229 runs for the opening wicket with skipper Rohit Sharma (103 from 221 balls) as India finished Day 2 in Dominica at 312/2, answering the West Indies’ first 150 innings total.
During a discussion on ESPNcricinfo, Dasgupta praised Jaiswal and commented:
“What stands out for me is the hunger he has to score points. We’ve seen that domestically. I think he’s had eight hundred (nine) in about 15 games, so obviously that hunger was very evident here too. Even though he hits on 140 odd, but he still wants to score more. Let’s not forget, it was not easy to score points on this surface. He was disciplined enough to this point of view.
The former India goalkeeper added:
“He played around 350 deliveries. This speaks to his physical form, his temperament and his thirst to score as much as possible. »
The Rohit-Jaiswal stand was broken immediately after the Indian the captain crossed three digits. Shubman Gill (6) fell on the cheap but Jaiswal and Virat Kohli (36*) added an unbroken 72 runs for the third wicket.
“He Never Lost His Calm” – Dasgupta on Jaiswal’s Temper
During the discussion, Dasgupta also praised Jaiswal’s temperament, saying the youngster didn’t lose his temper even when the stick wasn’t easy after the ball went soft.
The 46-year-old explained:
“Yesterday (Day 1) the stump mic volume was quite high and when the ball got a little old I heard him say, ‘I’m trying, but the ball is so soft, I can’t hit it strong enough as much as I try’. Even though it was a little frustrating, he never lost his calm, his composure. That says a lot for someone who is so young at the top level. Not just international, but if you also look at his first-class experience, it wasn’t long.
Thanks mainly to Jaiswal and Rohit, India managed to build a lead of 162 runs. They’ll be looking to extend the lead to a big one on Day 3 to ensure they don’t have to bat a second time.