Focus On Yashasvi Jaiswal's Batting Slot Ahead Of Test Debut
Yashasvi Jaiswal made strong claims for a coveted Test cap during an intra-squad practice game in Barbados.
Yashasvi Jaiswal made strong claims for a coveted Test cap during an intra-squad practice game ahead of the series opener against the West Indies. Jaiswal's Test debut is a matter of time but what could be a subject of discussion is his usual batting slot which is opening or one down, a position that the seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara was forced to vacate after nearly three years of non-performance and an archaic style of Test match batting.
The Indian team included some local club cricketers along with its own 16 players for the two-day training-cum-practice game. The first Test begins on July 12.
With Pujara being axed, the 20-year-old Jasiwal was seen opening the batting with skipper Rohit Sharma. An on-drive off Mohammed Siraj and a rasping square cut off Unadkat had class written all over it.
While Jaiswal got to play 76 balls, his skipper settled for 67 balls before retiring.
The long-term plan of the Indian team management could see them use Shubman Gill as their No. 3 batter and try out Jaiswal as an opener.
It must be mentioned that Gill, who has been one of the most consistent batters in recent times, is actually a middle-order player, who preferred to play at No. 3 or 4 during his days as India U-19 and India A player.
In fact, it was under Dravid's coaching in the age-group and pathways (India A) team that Gill had batted in the middle-order.
He has a double hundred (204) in an 'A' Test against the West Indies in 2019 in Tarouba. In that innings, he batted at No. 5 (virtually No. 4) as Shahbaz Nadeem was sent in as night-watchman on the second evening.
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