Wallball to counter Bazball? Rahul Dravid can’t stop smiling seeing Jaiswal’s adventurous shot – WATCH


The gripping narrative of Test cricket unfolded with a twist of dominance by Team India on Day 3 of the third Test at the idyllic Niranjan Shah Stadium in Rajkot, where the hosts firmly clutched the reins of the game, establishing a formidable 322-run lead with two full days of play remaining. The Indian squad, showcasing a blend of aggressive batting and incisive bowling, dismantled England’s aspirations by orchestrating an astounding batting performance coupled with triggering a devastating collapse in the English batting lineup. England’s innings crumbled, losing five key wickets for a meager 20 runs, leaving the spectators in awe of the Indian team’s command on the match.

The stadium resonated with applause as the Indian batsmen fearlessly accumulated 196 runs in their second foray at the crease at the cost of just two wickets. The spotlight shone luminously on Yashasvi Jaiswal, the young prodigy, who not only smashed a resounding century in back-to-back Tests but also wove a remarkable 155-run partnership with the talented Shubman Gill. Jaiswal’s innings was not just a display of his burgeoning talent but also a testament to his resilience as he chose to retire hurt after breaching the hundred-run mark, due to a nagging back issue. Despite the setback, Jaiswal’s performance was nothing short of inspirational, leaving the spectators mesmerized on a Super Saturday.

Jaiswal’s initial approach was cautious, but upon settling in, he unleashed a barrage of powerful strokes against the English bowlers, bludgeoning nine electrifying boundaries and five majestic sixes. Two of his sixes, both exquisitely executed reverse sweeps off the leg-spin of Rehan Ahmed, caught the undivided attention of the Indian coaching staff. Head coach Rahul Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathour couldn’t help but exhibit a mixture of amusement and admiration at the spectacle. These shots, particularly remarked upon by former England spinner Graeme Swann during his commentary stint, drew parallels to England’s aggressive ‘Bazball’ approach, humorously dubbed as ‘Wallball’ in reference to Jaiswal’s remarkable shots. The moment went viral as the official handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the captivating video for cricket enthusiasts worldwide to relish.

The Indian roster also underwent a hiccup with the loss of Rajat Patidar’s wicket, who once again failed to make a significant mark on the scoreboard. With the shadows lengthening and the day drawing to a close, Kuldeep Yadav was sent in as the night watchman in a strategic move to preserve the wicket. As India look to forge an insurmountable score, the question lingers on whether Jaiswal will make a return to the crease in the second innings and continue his prolific run.

The day’s play not only highlighted Jaiswal’s batting prowess but also brought to focus other significant achievements, such as Ravindra Jadeja’s entry into the exclusive 200-wicket club. While the historic game at Rajkot progresses, the cricketing world also turns its gaze to the upcoming international fixtures, including New Zealand’s squad announcement for their Test series against Australia and the triumph of Nicholas Pooran and Andre Fletcher, leading MI Emirates to glory in the ILT20 2024 title.

As the Test enters the crucial fourth day, the dazzling performances, the strategy, and the camaraderie within the Indian team seem to progressively steer the epic encounter towards a home side triumph. With the masterful strokes of Jaiswal still echoing in the stands and England striving for a comeback, the game is set for a riveting battle of wits, skill, and endurance.

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