Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former England great David Lloyd called promising Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal as the biggest challenge for the visitors for the rest of the Test series against hosts India.

Lloyd wanted the visitors to lure him into false strokes by playing on his ego.

Jaiswal is currently the leading run-scorer in the series after two Tests with 321 runs at an impressive average of 80.75. It includes a brilliant double century of 209 in the first innings of the second Test. His knock helped India set up the series-leveling victory by 106 runs against England.

“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,” said Lloyd.

“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,” he added.

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