Jaiswal and Jadeja Shine in Record

Jaiswal and Jadeja Shine in Record

In a spectacular display of dominance, India clinched a historic 434-run victory over England in the third Test at Rajkot, securing a 2-1 lead in the series. The resounding win not only showcased India’s prowess but also sent a clear message to those who doubted the team’s invincibility on home soil.

Batting Brilliance Sets the Stage

Under the clear skies of Rajkot, the Indian batsmen dismantled the English bowlers, amassing a formidable total of 445 in the first innings and declaring at 430 for 4 in the second. The highlight of the innings was Yashasvi Jaiswal’s magnificent double century (214*), his second consecutive in the series. Jaiswal’s innings, comprising 12 sixes and 14 fours, not only equaled the record for the most sixes in a Test innings but also propelled India to the record for the most sixes in a Test match.

Jaiswal’s Record-breaking Display

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s assault included a memorable hat-trick of sixes off James Anderson, a sweep, an extra-cover drive, and a powerful shot down the ground. Emulating the feat of Vinod Kambli three decades ago, Jaiswal became the third-youngest to achieve two Test double-centuries. His partnership with Test debutant Sarfaraz Khan, who contributed a vital 68 in their 172-run stand, was a masterclass in power-hitting and gap-finding.

Kuldeep Yadav’s Early Dominance

Kuldeep Yadav, in his usual style, bossed the early exchanges, even hitting his first international six. His contribution extended beyond the bat, as he played a crucial role in the dismissal of Shubman Gill and caused discomfort to Joe Root with a fiery spell.

England’s Struggle Against Spin

Facing a monumental target of 557, England found themselves in trouble right from the start. The opening partnership was disrupted by a brilliant run-out by debutant wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj bowled with precision, exploiting the conditions and testing the English top order. The innings started with two maidens, and England’s struggles were evident as they registered their first opening stand of under 40 in the series.

Spin Twins – Jadeja and Kuldeep

Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav spun a web around the English batsmen, with Jadeja picking up a crucial five-wicket haul. Ollie Pope fell victim to spin, and Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root succumbed to the sweep shot, a strategy that had troubled India earlier in the series. Ben Stokes was outfoxed by the dip from Kuldeep, highlighting the stark difference in the quality of spin between the two sides.

England’s Collapse

England’s middle-order collapsed with three wickets falling at the score of 50. At the end of 25 overs, they were 50 for 7, marking their slowest first 25 overs of an innings in the Bazball era. Despite some resistance from Ben Foakes and Tom Hartley, Jadeja and Ashwin ensured a comprehensive victory for India.

Final Word:

India’s emphatic win not only secured their biggest Test victory by runs but also affirmed their dominance on home soil. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s record-breaking performance and Ravindra Jadeja’s spin brilliance were the standout features of a memorable Test match in Rajkot. With the series now at 2-1 in India’s favor, the team looks poised for further success in the remaining two Tests.

With such a stellar performance, India has not only reclaimed their stronghold in Test cricket but also instilled fear in their opponents. The victory serves as a testament to the team’s resilience and determination to maintain their stature as one of the cricketing powerhouses.

Next Game:

As the series progresses, all eyes will be on the Indian team to see if they can maintain their momentum and clinch the series convincingly. With players like Jaiswal and Jadeja in top form, India’s chances look bright as they aim to continue their winning streak and solidify their position at the top of the Test rankings.