Indian cricket witnessed a spectacular display of skill and determination as Yashasvi Jaiswal, the 22-year-old left-handed opener, left an indelible mark on Day 1 and continued his formidable innings into Day 2 in Visakhapatnam. Ending Day 1 at 336/6 after 93 overs, Jaiswal’s partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin captivated the audience.
On Day 1, Jaiswal showcased his prowess with the bat, scoring a magnificent 179 off 257 balls. The real highlight, however, came in the first hour of Day 2 when he achieved his maiden double century.
Facing the debutant Shoaib Bashir in the 102nd over, Jaiswal elegantly dispatched the ball over square leg and secured his double century with a boundary off Bashir’s full toss on the pads. The jubilation was evident as he leaped in the air, celebrating a remarkable achievement.
At 22 years and 37 days, Jaiswal became the third youngest Indian cricketer to reach the milestone, following in the footsteps of Vinod Kambli (21 years and 32 days) and Sunil Gavaskar (21 years and 283 days). This achievement propelled him ahead of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi on the list of youngest double centurions.
Furthermore, Jaiswal joined an elite group of left-handed batters for India to register a double century in Test cricket. He now stands alongside legends like Sourav Ganguly, Vinod Kambli, and Gautam Gambhir.
Ganguly’s 239 against Pakistan in 2007, Kambli’s 227 against Zimbabwe in 1993, and Gambhir’s 206 against Australia in 2006 are the milestones that Jaiswal has etched his name beside.
As the cricketing world applauds Yashasvi Jaiswal’s historic innings, the young left-hander has not only secured his place in the record books but has also signaled a promising future for Indian cricket with his remarkable feat in the longer format of the game.