“Yashasvi Jaiswal could have played James Anderson…” – Harsha Bhogle slams Indian batsman despite double century

Yashasvi Jaiswal

Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle praised Yashasvi Jaiswal for his exceptional double hundred in the ongoing second Test match against England. Harsha Bhogle pointed out that the next best score on the batting-friendly track at Visakhapatnam was just 34.

The home team resumed the second day with a total of 336/6, with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ravichandran Ashwin in the crease. However, the hosts lost Ashwin early in the first session of the second day, when veteran pacer James Anderson dismissed him for 20 runs.

Jaiswal maintained his pace and scored a sensational double century on Saturday, February 3. He smashed Shoaib Bashir for a six, followed by a four, to score his first Test double century. He jumped into the air in pure delight after reaching this milestone.

His phenomenal knock ended at 209 when he tried to hit James Anderson on the sheets. Unfortunately, he couldn’t connect well and Jonny Bairstow took a simple catch. He received applause for his excellent knock as he returned to the pavilion.

Yashasvi Jaiswal could have played him – Harsha Bhogle

Harsha Bhogle took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to express that Yashasvi Jaiswal He could have played James Anderson cautiously and targeted the spinners. Bhogle mentioned that it would probably be the last time Anderson surpassed that spell in the first session.

“It was probably going to be Anderson’s last over. Maybe Jaiswal could have played him and attacked the spinners. But what an entry. On a dream batting surface, the next best mark is 34. Without Jaiswal, it could have been very difficult.” Bhogle said.

James Anderson bowled one more after dismissing Yashasvi Jaiswal. The 41-year-old bowled an 8-over spell today and managed to pick up two wickets. He finished with 3 wickets for 47 runs in his 25 overs with an impressive economy rate of 1.90 on a batting track.

Several Indian batsmen had decent starts but none reached the half-century. Shubman Gill was India’s second-highest scorer in the first innings. Rajat Patidar (32 runs), Shreyas Iyer (27), Axar Patel (27) and Ravichandran Ashwin (20) contributed with the bat.

India fell short of the 400-run mark, registering 396 runs on the board. England managed to score 32 runs in 6 overs before the lunch break, responding with a steady start to their innings. The game is in balance as both teams seek to impose dominance.

James Anderson led England’s bowling attack in the ongoing red-ball match. Rehan Ahmed and debutant Shoaib Bashir each claimed three wickets. Tom Hartley contributed by taking a wicket. Joe Root failed to get any wicket in his 14 overs in India’s first innings.

The Ben Stokes-led team leads the five-match Test series 1-0 after securing a 28-run win in the opening Test in Hyderabad. Vice-captain Ollie Pope’s impressive 196 and left-arm spinner Tom Hartley’s 7-wicket haul were instrumental in the tourists’ triumph in the series opener.

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