Jayant Yadav's day out in Vizag

Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 13:09 IST | Satish Viswanathan

All-rounder Jayant Yadav makes a big impression with bat and ball during debut Test match

Jayant Yadav during his 35 vs England in Vizag yesterday
Jayant Yadav during his 35 vs England in Vizag. Pics/ PTI

Vishakapatnam: When Jayant Yadav was picked in the starting XI for the second Test, the team management was clear in their thinking that they were bringing in an additional off-spinner in place of leggie Amit Mishra. They weren’t by any means touting him as an all-rounder. At the same time, his more illustrious off-spinning partner Ravichandran Ashwin, given additional responsibility and promoted to the number six spot the moment Anil Kumble took over as coach, was using each passing opportunity to make a name for himself as the team’s and the world’s premier all-rounder even as he continued to be the top-ranked bowler too in the ICC’s charts.

Jayant, handed his Test cap by Ravi Shastri on Thursday, looks keen, at least going by what he came up with here yesterday, to emulate his senior colleague by contributing with bat and ball. He first came up with a steady 35 with the bat, guided all the way by a helpful Ashwin, who himself notched yet another useful half-century, in the course of an invaluable 64-run association for the 8th wicket.

Later, the 26-year-old Jayant returned to claim his maiden wicket, trapping another off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali, who had earlier himself returned figures of 3 for 98, in front. This Jayant did just after Ashwin had removed the clueless Ben Duckett and an impressive as always Joe Root (58). In fact, Jayant stole a march over Ashwin with the manner in which he got Ali out.

Jayant Yadav celebrates with teammates after his maiden Test wicket.
Jayant Yadav celebrates with teammates after his maiden Test wicket.

Twice in their innings the Indians had made a mistake with their DRS calls, first when Wriddhimann Saha went for the review when he was plumb and then when they didn’t appeal when Ravindra Jadeja missed an Ali delivery. Both times Ashwin, as the non-striker, helped make the final call, both of which were wrong. But third time around it was Jayant the bowler, with some help perhaps from Saha behind the stumps, who convinced Virat Kohli to go upstairs when Ali stepped out and thrust his pad out. The result was Jayant’s first Test wicket with the 8th delivery of his career.

Once earlier too, Jayant had upstaged Ashwin. Skipper Kohli, not too impressed with Ashwin’s ability to cut off the tight ones and twos, swapped his position at midwicket with Jayant at mid-on. Success came immediately as Jayant chased down a Root push off Jadeja and with the help of some smart work by Saha with the gloves, caught young Haseeb Hameed short of the crease when he was sent back by Root, who declined the second run.

A perfect all-round day out then, at least from the Indian angle for, thus far, England’s all-rounders haven’t had much luck.

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