Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Promising swashbuckling opener Yashasvi Jaiswal continued his brilliant form to hit his maiden double ton in the red ball format in the first innings of the ongoing second Test against England in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Jaiswal completed his double ton in style after hitting an over boundary and boundary to Shoaib Bashir. The explosive southpaw took 278 balls to complete his double century with the help of 19 fours and seven huge sixes.

In the process, Jaiswal became the third youngest player for India to hit a Test double century. The aggressive southpaw achieved the feat in 22 years 37 days. Former left-hander Vinod Kambli is the youngest Indian to hit a Test double ton. He was 21 years and 35 days when he scored 224 against same opponent England in Mumbai in 1993.

Jaiswal also became the fourth left-hander to score a Test double ton for India. The other batters to achieve the feat are Kambli, Sourav Ganguly and Goutam Gambhir.

Eventually, Jaiswal was dismissed for 209. He lost his patience and lost his wicket. The southpaw came dancing down the wicket and threw his bat at a full and wide delivery of James Anderson only to slice it high in the air. Bairstow took a safe catch coming in from the extra cover boundary. He got a big applause on his way back to the pavilion. England’s players congratulated him as well.

Jaiswal also became only the fourth Indian batter ever to score two Test centuries before turning 23. Before Jaiswal, only Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were able to reach the milestone.

“I wanted to play it session by session. When they were bowling well, I just wanted to get through that spell. Initially, the wicket was damp and there was spin and bounce, with a bit of seam. However, I wanted to convert the loose balls, and play till the end,” said Jaiswal after the end of the innings.