Former Indian National Cricket Team opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has given a stern message to Indian cricket fans while praising young left-handed opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal for his stupendous batting performance in the second Test. of the five-match series against Ben Stokes. he led the England national cricket team.
Jaiswal played a wonderful knock in the first innings of the second Test against England. He looked a class apart and scored a magnificent double century at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. His innings was quite special as he was the only reason why India managed to pile up a mammoth total of 396 on the board in the first innings.
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored an outstanding 209 runs off 290 balls and his innings consisted of 19 fours and 7 sixes. Apart from Jaiswal, no Indian batsman could touch the 40-run mark in the match.
Yashasvi Jaiswal also broke several iconic records with his outstanding innings against the Three Lions and inscribed his name in the records. He became the The third youngest Indian to reach a double hundred in men’s Tests after Vinod Kambli and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar.
Several former cricketers came forward to praise the young batsman for his innings and congratulate him for smashing a ton. One such former cricketer was Gautam Gambhir.
Gambhir urged fans not to exaggerate Yashasvi Jaiswal’s achievements as this would put unnecessary pressure on the youngster.
“I want to congratulate the young man on his achievement but, more importantly, I want to tell everyone that they let the young man play. We have seen in the past that in India we have a habit, especially the media, of exaggerating his achievements and giving them labels and making them look like heroes,” Gambhir told PTI during an interaction.
Let it grow and enjoy your cricket – Gautam Gambhir on Yashasvi Jaiswal
Gautam Gambhir added that pressure tends to increase on players when they are hyped up by the media and fans.
“The pressure of expectations takes over and players cannot play their natural game. Let him grow up and enjoy cricket,” Gambhir added.
On the one hand, Jaiswal has consistently delivered amazing performances in international cricket at any opportunity given to him; On the other hand, two of India’s most promising batsmen, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, have failed miserably to score big runs for the team.
Both Gill and Iyer have struggled to score runs in the purest format of cricket and could be dropped from the team once Virat Kohli and KL Rahul return.
Talking about the struggling batsmen, Gambhir stated that there is a need to give them time as they are quality batsmen and have given good performances in the past. Apart from the return of Kohli and Rahul, Sarfaraz Khan is also waiting in the wings for a chance in the Test team.
“We should give them time because they are quality players and they have shown it in the past with their performances. That is why they play for India,” Gambhir said.