Yashasvi Jaiswal emulates Virat Kohli Rahul Dravid’s major milestone during Test series against England


In a remarkable display of consistency and technique, young cricket sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal has rewritten the history books, entering an elite club previously graced by cricketing stalwarts Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid. Cementing his status as a prodigious talent, Jaiswal surpassed the 600-run mark in the ongoing Test series between India and England, a feat achieved by only a select few in the annals of Indian cricket history.

Jaiswal’s journey through the five-match series has been nothing short of extraordinary. With his bat speaking volumes about his caliber, the rising star has not only amassed a significant tally of runs but has also recorded two monumental double centuries, showcasing his prowess and hunger for big scores.

The defining moment of Jaiswal’s ascendancy came during the first innings of the fourth Test match against England, where his elegant strokeplay yielded a spirited 73 runs off 117 deliveries. His innings, carved with eight boundaries and a towering six off the bowling of Shoaib Bashir, was a testament to the young left-hander’s maturity and temperament. Despite his dismissal – victim to a delivery from Bashir that unexpectedly kept low and deflected onto the stumps off Jaiswal’s bat – his contribution was substantial in fortifying India’s position.

As the dust settled in the aftermath of Jaiswal’s dismissal, the magnitude of his achievement began to dawn. With that score of 73, Jaiswal’s aggregate for the series swelled to a colossal 618 runs, propelling him past the legendary Rahul Dravid, who had previously amassed 602 runs in a series against the same opposition. Jaiswal now stands second only to Virat Kohli, who leads the tally with 655 runs in a series against England.

The leaderboard, as it currently stands, is not merely illuminating but indicative of the kind of illustrious company Jaiswal now keeps:
1. Virat Kohli: 655 runs in the 2016/17 series
2. Yashasvi Jaiswal: 618 runs in the 2023/24 series*
3. Rahul Dravid: 602 runs in the 2022 series
4. Virat Kohli: 593 runs in the 2018 series
5. Vijay Manjrekar: 586 runs in the 1961/62 series

Prior to this milestone, Jaiswal had already caught the cricket world’s attention by smashing back-to-back double centuries, joining an exclusive cadre of Indian batsmen, and becoming the third-youngest player globally to score a double century in the second innings of a Test match.

The ongoing series has certainly been a revelation of Jaiswal’s capabilities. His class and dedication, added with his ability to play long innings, have painted him as a future cornerstone of Indian batting.

With the series progressively tipping in India’s favor, the playing XI’s contributions have been under the spotlight:
India’s playing XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj

England, on the other hand, while facing an uphill challenge, have showcased their resilience through their playing XI:
England’s playing XI: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Tom Hartley, Ollie Robinson, Shoaib Bashir, James Anderson

The ongoing cricketing battle between India and England has been nothing short of a spectacle, with Yashasvi Jaiswal emerging as the protagonist of this thrilling narrative. His relentless pursuit of excellence and the records he continues to shatter bring promise of a new era, dominated by his craftsmanship and the echoes of applause that follow his willow. As he etches his name among the legends, cricket aficionados will watch with bated breath to witness the heights this young maestro will scale in the beautiful game of cricket.

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