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Why rookie Jayant Yadav is tailormade for Indian cricket team

Jayant Yadav, in his third Test, displayed his batting skills and his fifty helped Indian cricket team establish a solid lead against England in the Mohali Test

cricket Updated: Nov 28, 2016 22:08 IST
Jayant Yadav scored a classy 55 coming in at No. 9 for Indian cricket team in Mohali Test
Jayant Yadav scored a classy 55 coming in at No. 9 for Indian cricket team in Mohali Test(BCCI)

Jayant Yadav bats at number nine in the India Test team. During the course of his innings in the third Test against England in Mohali on Monday, his average touched 113 before settling on 58.5 when he was out for 55. These numbers speak volumes of the batting mettle of the batsman with a first-class double century for Haryana.

India’s tail-enders showed their class to give India control of the game. Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at No 7, smashed his third fifty of the series while Ravindra Jadeja, at No 8, scored a career-best 90. When Yadav scored his maiden fifty, it was the first time three India batsmen at No 7 and lower had scored fifties in a Test innings.

While the contributions of Ashwin and Jadeja helped India fightback from a precarious situation, Jayant’ knocked helped India establish a 134-run lead and put them on top.

The technique and defence he displayed would have made any top order batsman proud. His batting prowess stood out when he showed the full face of the bat to straight drive James Anderson, England’s premier bowler, twice. He read the bounce well and found the gaps with ease.

He rotated the strike brilliantly with Jadeja and cashed in on the loose balls.

The Haryana batsman with two first-class centuries also defended stubbornly to get to his maiden fifty. His 33-run stand with Umesh Yadav for the ninth wicket sealed India’s dominance.

His day got better as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow for 15 with a shooter. “If I bat well, I can feel it in my bowling. The confidence has grown with the wickets and the runs,” he said.

Jayant had given a glimpse of his batting skills on debut in the Vizag Test. In the first innings, he shared 64 runs with Ashwin to help India go past 400. His 35 was followed by an unbeaten 27 in the second innings as he shared 42 runs with last man Mohammed Shami. It was vital in setting England a target of 405, a bridge too far. Jayant first-class batting average is 28.75, but should improve fast.

The highlight of his 211 against Karnataka in 2012 was a stand of 392 with Amit Mishra, the highest eighth-wicket stand ever.

Jayant’s application reflects India’s growing lower order maturity.