Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India’s promising batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal became the third youngest Indian to slam a Test double ton against England during the second match of the series in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

The attacking southpaw showed immense composure throughout his knock particularly against pacer James Anderson. The veteran pacer was the only bowler in the attack who seemed to trouble Jaiswal.

However, the swashbuckling opener lost his patience against the fast bowler soon after reaching the double-figure mark, giving his wicket away. He decided to step out and smash a lofted shot over cover against the pacer. But, he didn’t find the timing on the shot as Bairstow picked an easy catch to script his dismissal.

Meanwhile, former England great Kevin Pietersen was not particularly pleased with Jaiswal’s decision to take on Anderson. As per Pietersen, Jaiswal could have waited for the spinners to unleash his aggressive approach. The England batter added that Anderson would have likely been taken off from the attack, allowing Jaiswal to attack the spinners freely.

“Jaiswal has the temperament to play the situation. The one thing he would be kicking himself about is he went off at Anderson. He probably should have waited. He could have tried to hit a six every ball against spinners. It was Anderson’s last couple of balls,” said Pietersen.

“This ground is not big enough for Jaiswal, and he only has to half-connect against spinners to hit a six. We would have seen plenty of fireworks, but now, the game has moved on,” the former English batter added.