Yashasvi Jaiswal breaks Virat Kohli’s record in first Test series at home, joins Sunil Gavaskar in elite club

 

The Yashasvi Jaiswal bandwagon is the hottest in Test cricket right now. Having made his debut only last year in July, the southpaw has quickly earned his stripes, already boasting five triple digit scores that includes two double hundreds.

On Thursday, in the fifth Test against England distanced himself as the leading run scorer in the ongoing five-match series, crossing the 700 run mark. Jaiswal also broke the record for most Test runs against England in a Test series – 655 – set by former India skipper Virat Kohli during the 2016 / 17 home – based visit.

Jaiswal turned out to be the 2nd Indian to reach over 700 runs in 1 Test series following Sunil Gavaskar. The ex – India captain had achieved this feat twice in his career, against the West Indies in 774 (1971 / 72) and 732 (1978 / 79).

With yet another possible innings to play in the series, the daring opener has an opportunity to surpass Gavaskar as the all time leading scorer.

Coming in to bat after the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin ran riot – splitting nine wickets between each other – bundling England out for 218, Jaiswal smashed a 58-ball-57 before he fell to Shoaib Bashir.

In doing so, Jaiswal also became the joint-third quickest to score 1000 Test runs as an opener (16 innings), one less than what Indian captain Rohit Sharma took to cross the same landmark.

At the end of the first day’s play in Dharamsala, Rohit (52*) sat in the middle alongside Shubman Gill (26*) as India trailed by 83 runs in the first innings.

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