Jayant Yadav seemed to have solved India’s third-spinner woes
- Jayant Yadav picked up four wickets in his debut Test match against England.
He also scored 62 runs with the bat as well.
India’s new spin sensation Jayant Yadav was handed the Test cap ahead of the second Test match against England and he could not have dreamt about a better debut than this. Wickets with the ball and runs with the bat, he was very much at par with the India’s ace spinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin.
Yadav made his ODI debut at the same venue - ACA VDCA Stadium, a month ago against New Zealand. He did impress ODI captain MS Dhoni in his first match. Now he has managed to impress his Test skipper Virat Kohli as well. Four wickets and 62 runs came from his willow.
Jayant managed to make a mark in his captain’s mind when he came out to bat in the first innings alongside Ashwin. At that point of time, it never looked like India will be able to post a big total on the board and that too on a tricky wicket. But Yadav and Ashwin held the innings together. Jayant chipped in with some crucial runs in the second innings as well. He even managed to remain not out.
We all have watched Ashwin scoring those centuries but to see Yadav batting in that fashion, one really did not expect. It might not be a great innings but he portrayed what he is capable of doing.
Then, came his opportunity to shine with the ball. He was brought into the attack by Virat Kohli when Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were trying really hard to pick up those England wickets. Immediately, he made a mark and picked up the crucial wicket of Moeen Ali. However, he could not add any more wickets to his name because Ashwin from the other end stole the show. But Yadav did bowl well.
Second innings, he bowled extremely well in tandem with Ashwin and claimed three scalps alongside the former.
Everyone is busy lauding Kohli’s effort with the bat and the commendable job he did wearing the captain’s hat. But people must not really forget this lad as he seemed to have solved India’s third spinner problems. He is definitely going to be a major soldier in India’s spinning plans.