“Absolutely…” – Ian Bishop’s resounding verdict on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s decision not to get out against England in the fourth Test

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Ian Bishop, Yashasvi Jaiswal


Indian batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal continued his excellent form in the ongoing IND vs ENG Test series. Jaiswal smashed yet another half-century and played 73 innings off 117 balls with 8 fours and 1 six. Jaiswal was dismissed in the 47th Indian innings and was cleaned up by England spinner Shoaib Bashir, who took his fourth wicket of the innings.

However, England had a pretty decent chance of getting rid of Yashasvi Jaiswal early. On the final delivery of the 20th over, Ollie Robinson angled through a length delivery that Jaiswal outside out beat wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who lunged forward to take it. The visitors felt that they had gotten the long-awaited wicket. But Foakes looked confused and Jaiswal did not leave the pavilion when the decision was sent upstairs.

After watching some replays, Joel Wilson determined that the ball was not out when it bounced off Foakes’ gloves. It was fantastic news for India because even Rohit seemed to disagree with the English players.

Many supporters argued that the ball did not bounce off Foakes’ gloves, making the verdict controversial. However, many believed that the third referee made the correct decision.

Ian Bishop supports the referee for not leaving out Yashasvi Jaiswal

Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop also agreed with the umpire’s decision and felt that the third umpire made the correct decision. He went to his ‘X’ account and wrote: “Absolutely the right decision by the TV referee on that occasion.”

Yashasvi Jaiswal has already made 618 runs in seven innings and has scored runs at an average of 103. He has smashed two double hundreds in the series so far and has been one of the real difference makers in the second and third Test matches.

Yashasvi Jaiswal became India’s best six-hitter during a calendar year in Test cricket. Jaiswal overtook legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag and has now smashed 23 sixes. Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is currently third with 21 sixes in 2022.

Yashasvi Jaiswal also surpassed Australian icon Adam Gilchrist and now stands third in the record of Test cricket batsmen with the most sixes in a single calendar year. Ben Stokes is second with 26 sixes, while New Zealand icon Brendon McCullum leads the list with 33.

While Yashasvi Jaiswal announced his arrival in international cricket during the 2020 U19 World Cup, the latter had a successful 2023 Indian Premier League season for Rajasthan Royals. Jaiswal scored 625 runs in 14 games of IPL 2023, including 5 half-centuries and a century, at an average of 48.08. His strike rate for the season was 163.61.

He got the reward for his brilliant performance and on his Test debut against the West Indies, he smashed a ton and played fearlessly against the bowlers. He lunges towards the other team with the first ball and puts pressure on them. He also gives the Indian team a left-handed option at the top of the batting order, allowing his teammate and Indian captain Rohit Sharma to play freely.

Yashasvi Jaiswal will be keen to continue his brilliant performance with the bat and try to achieve and create new records every day.