‘’I was just batting session by session, and made sure that if they were playing well I play out that spell,’’ Jaiswal told the broadcasters after the day’s play was done, also admitting that he would be looking to keep his date with a double century.
It will be a just reward for all his hard work on the first day; but from India’s perspective, the prerogative will be to ensure they continue to bat for as long as they can rather than fritter away starts like an Axar Patel or K.S. Bharat.
A refreshing aspect of Jaiswal’s art seems to be his penchant for playing the long innings. His debut century against the West Indies in Dominica last year yielded an unhurried 171 on a sluggish surface, while not too many will remember that he had once entered the record books as the youngest player in the world (17 years 292 days) to score a double hundred in 50-overs cricket, including List A and ODIs.
He broke the record with a blistering 203 off 154 balls in a Vijay Hazare Trophy against Jharkhand in 2019, an innings which didn’t go unnoticed by the IPL spotters when he was roped in by Rajasthan Royals.
The last season had seen him mature with a prolific IPL season as well as a breakthrough in international cricket — and the onus will be now on him to carry on with the good work!