India didn’t take long to wrap up the second Test on the fifth day to win by 246 runs and take the lead in the five-Test series. The highlight of India’s superb 246-run victory at Vizag was how the two off-spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav, hunted in pair to run through the England batting line-up in the second innings. It vindicated the selectors decision to play Jayant in place of leg-spinner Amit Mishra.
Both claimed three wickets apiece to bundle out England for 158.
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Senior pro Ravichandran Ashwin was all praise for the debutant. “Jayant Yadav was very calm, showed great temperament (in batting). There is nothing hurried about his action and his two contributions with the bat were just brilliant,” said Ashwin after starring in India’s win.
Jayant said Ashwin’s inputs were invaluable in helping him settle down in his first Test. “He gave very meaningful inputs, telling you in a positive way of what you can do better,” said Yadav.
Most impressive was the calm assurance Jayant showed as if he belonged there. “I am glad I did that (took to Test cricket as fish to water). There were nerves on the first day, but it was about thinking of one ball at a time.”
Both the off-spinners said, it was about bowling the right line to exploit the help in the wicket. “It was a tricky pitch to bowl on and you had to keep the batsman on the uncomfortable zone,” analysed Ashwin.
Also crucial to India’s victory was the contribution both made with the bat. It was another fine batting performance by Ashwin (58 in the first innings) while Jayant (35 in the first innings) was all confident in his first outing. “I have enjoyed batting. I have come back fresh from a 30 day break. I have tried to tighten my game a lot to bat higher up the order and I am very confident the way I am batting. It was great to have that partnership with Jayant,” said Ashwin.