IND v ENG 2024: “Process is very important in my life,” Yashasvi Jaiswal shares secret of his on-field success

Jaiswal starred with the bat in India's win over England in the Vizag Test.

Yashasvi Jaiswal | GettyYashasvi Jaiswal starred with the bat in India’s 106-run victory over England in the second Test match in Visakhapatnam.

The left-handed opener waged a lone battle for India in the first innings, scoring 209 out of the team’s 396-run total. His 290-ball knock was studded with 19 fours and 7 sixes.

It was Jaiswal’s second ton in what was his sixth Test match for India. With this knock, the 22-year-old also became the third youngest Indian to get a Test double ton after Vinod Kambli and Sunil Gavaskar.

After the win, Yashasvi Jaiswal shared the secret of his on-field success, attributing it to the routine he follows off the field.

“The last time, when I had scored 171 (against the West Indies), I wanted to score the double-hundred, but it didn’t happen. I always think that if I focus on my daily routine, the runs will come.

“The process is very important in my life, whatever discipline I follow. What time I sleep, what I eat, how well do I practice. I think if all of this is maintained well, the performance will stay good as well,” Jaiswal said in an interaction with JioCinema.

He added, “When I go to the ground, I feel confident because I know the hard work that I have put in, and I just need to go there and express myself.

“I always try to play for the team. In the last match, they had told me I could play as many shots as I wanted, and I played differently. Here, I thought the wicket was great and if I stayed patient, I could get a big innings.

“We lost wickets initially, so I thought I should take responsibility and play as deep as I could.”

Jaiswal, who is touted as India’s next batting superstar, prefers to keep things simple and stays away from social media.

“I get no time (to scroll Instagram). We go (for practice and matches) in the morning, come back by evening, and then sleep for recovery,” he said.

“For the first three days, I was just sleeping, waking up, and working. It’s a great feeling. I am very happy that I have been able to do this. In the first three days of this match, I went out in the morning to bat and I enjoyed it a lot because I knew it was important to enjoy this moment.”

When asked about his conversations with the coach and captain, Jaiswal replied: “With Rohit, Rahul sir, and Vikram sir, the discussion was that if any batter gets set in their innings, he should play till the end. This was my attempt as well.

“We all believe in each other and have been working hard together. Whoever is performing on that day, they should try to complete the job for the team.”

On his thoughts while facing the veteran James Anderson for the first time, Jaiswal said, “I wasn’t thinking much. When I saw the wicket, my first thought was to see how it is playing. Rohit and I were discussing the same as I played Anderson’s first over.

“Slowly, I understood how the wicket was behaving and where I could score my runs.”

With the victory in the second Test, Team India levelled the five-match series 1-1. The third Test is slated to get underway after an extended break on February 15 in Rajkot.

(With PTI Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 06 Feb, 2024

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