Ahead of the first test match between India and South Africa, Gautam Gambhir about Yashasvi Jaiswal shared his insights. He cautioned not to expect too much from a young cricketer in the early stages of his test career.
Team India kickstarts their journey to the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25, with the first test series against the Proteas.
Most of the cricket fans often compared Yashasvi with legendary cricketers like Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly. Especially, in July 2023, he scored a top-notch maiden test century of 171 runs from 387 balls ( including 16 fours and 1 six) against the West Indies.
From then onwards, Yashasvi Jaiswal alongside Rohit Sharma was designated with the role of an opening batsman in tests.
In 2023, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 283 runs in 4 test innings and rose to stardom within a short time.
Reasons Why Does Gautam Gambhir About Yashasvi Jaiswal cautioned Ahead of India vs South Africa Test series?
After making an eye-catching debut in his test career against the West Indies in 2023, the 21-year-old left-handed batsman awaited his next challenge against the Proteas.
However, in the recent test match against South Africa, Yashasvi Jaiswal managed to score only 17 runs from 37 balls( including 4 fours). The first test match commenced at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Boxing Day, 26th December 2023 (Tuesday).
The 42-year-old former left-handed batsman was aware of playing a test match on tough pitch conditions like South Africa and Australia. Also, he was a part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad and could analyze the variations, both at home and overseas ground.
Earlier in 2010, Gautam Gambhir played a supporting innings, scoring 93 runs from 222 balls( including 12 fours) in Rainbow Nation against the Proteas in a 3rd test match. As a result, the series concluded with a leveled margin of 1-1 as the match ended in a draw.
During that time, the Indian cricket team faced a tough time playing a test series against the Proteas. Team India couldn’t secure a victory in the test series despite many legendary cricketers included in the squad namely:
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Virender Sehwag
- Rahul Dravid
- VVS Laxman
- MS Dhoni
- Harbhajan Singh
- Zaheer Khan
Gautam Gambhir feels that as a beginner, a decent contribution from the youngster will suffice a good start for Team India on slow pitch conditions.
In a recent discussion on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir about Yashasvi Jaiswal accurately predicted not to pressure him too much to make a high score. Finally, his prediction proved to be true on Day 1 of the first test match series against South Africa.
Gambhir responded to a query about Yashasvi, heading into another challenge after the successful West Indies tour in 2023:
“The scenarios at present are quite different. As the West Indies featured sub-continental pitch styles, the difficulty in pace attack and the batting styles will vary completely. There will be a lot of bounce when you play against these bowlers namely :
- Marco Jansen
- Kagiso Rabada
- Lungi Ngidi
- Nandre Burger.”
Furthermore, Gautam Gambhir added about Yashasvi Jaiswal’s batting skills:
“It will be a completely different challenge for him. Yashasvi Jaiswal playing the game both on the front and back foot will be a struggle for him in the upcoming test match. I strongly feel that the experience will help him improve. Importantly, it is not advisable to expect too much from a young cricketer to score either a hundred or double hundred in his first game”.
Additionally, the former cricketer highlights the decent contributions of youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer:
“Possibly he might hit a century as well. Even if he scores 25 to 30 runs, India will get a good start. Moreover, he will return home after developing his cricketing skills in the test match. It might be Yashasvi, Gill, or Iyer.”
Gambhir added that a youngster’s should be analyzed based on his consistent performance by elaborating some crucial facts:
“We never used to analyze players as intensively when they made their maiden international tour to South Africa or Australia. Especially, 10 to 15 years ago, young cricketers were never scrutinized on their performance away from home grounds.
For instance, if a young player travels to South Africa or Australia for the first time, he would face the same criticism, if he hadn’t scored any runs in India.”
Gautam Gambhir highlights the fact that cricket experts or fans do not criticize the young South African or Australian batsmen even if they struggle with their batting performance on Indian soil.
Additionally, he suggests that Yashasvi should focus more on improving his batting skills rather than prioritizing individual scores and records.
He emphasizes that it would be a perfect opportunity for Yashasvi on the South African soil. Especially, a youngster getting a chance to face the intense pace attack of the South African bowlers. Overall, Gautam Gambhir about Yashasvi Jaiswal feels that he would gain tremendous experience in the test series