Yashasvi Jaiswal scripts unique milestone with third 150 plus score in Tests

On an eventful Sunday, young cricketing sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal etched his name in the annals of cricket history with an awe-inspiring innings that not only saw personal milestones toppled but set the stage for a thrilling contest in red-ball cricket. Demonstrating an exemplary mix of finesse and aggression, Jaiswal racked up an unbeaten 214 off a mere 236 balls. His monumental effort catapulted India’s second innings total to a commanding 430, leaving England with the herculean task of hunting down a mammoth target of 557 runs.

Jaiswal, only 22, found himself in a spot of bother after he had to retire hurt with a stunning century to his name on the third day of the test in Rajkot. Unfazed by the setback, the young maestro resumed his innings on the following day with a determination that saw him convert his hundred into a scintillating double century. The innings eventually drew to a close when captain Rohit Sharma called his troops back just before the scheduled tea break, with Jaiswal remaining unconquered.

India’s latest cricket gem has been nothing short of prodigious in his nascent Test journey. Having played a mere 13 Test innings, Jaiswal has already amassed 861 runs, and with three centuries under his belt, he has made every innings count. In an extraordinary feat, he has become the first Indian batsman—and only the seventh in the Test cricket history—to transform his first three centuries into scores surpassing the 150 mark. This achievement draws him closer to the record held by former South African captain Graeme Smith, who remarkably turned his first four Test hundreds into scores of 150-plus.

The trajectory of Jaiswal’s burgeoning Test career began with a bang as he notched up a significant 173 against the West Indies in his debut match in July of the previous year. Carrying forward this momentum, Jaiswal then went on to register his maiden double ton in the ongoing Test series against England in Vizag. These achievements come as a testament to the left-handed batter’s caliber and his adaptability to the demands of the longest format of the game.

Jaiswal’s exploits have attracted widespread attention and drew parallels to cricketing greats. To put his accomplishment in a broader context, similar feats of consistent high-scoring in initial Test outings were last seen decades ago, reflecting just how rare and commendable his performances have been.

During the same match, there were other notable performances that added to the list of records. Sarfaraz Khan, another young talent making waves, emulated a record previously set by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar on his Test debut. In the context of the series, these individual performances have been pivotal in shaping the narrative of the India-England Test rivalry and have contributed immensely to India’s stronghold in the current match-up.

Notably, Jaiswal’s stroke-filled innings have reinvigorated discussions about the most promising upcoming talents in the Indian cricketing circuit, as he displayed a masterful control over the England bowling attack. His ability to hit sixes at will has broken the world record for the most number of sixes in a series, underscoring his potential as a player capable of changing the complexion of a game within sessions.

The ongoing series, filled with such record-breaking performances and emerging talents, continues to captivate cricketing aficionados worldwide. As India positions itself favorably in this high-stake Test encounter, the cricketing fraternity eagerly watches on, with players like Yashasvi Jaiswal firmly in the spotlight. The innings at Rajkot was more than just a cricketing milestone; it was a statement of intent from a young prodigy eager to leave an indelible mark on international cricket.

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