Batter Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, who scored a double century and a century in the second Test against England, have demonstrated that India’s future generation of batsmen is ready to take over. Gill has been around for a while, but Jaiswal’s maiden Test double at the age of 22 has emerged as a significant positive for India, who are looking to level the series in Visakhapatnam. The fact that they are able to do so is because to Gill and Jaiswal’s innings, which enabled India to set England 399 to win.
Jaiswal and Gill’s innings drew the attention of veteran cricketers from all over, but Virender Sehwag’s post on the youthful combo took the cake. The former India opener believes the two ‘Under-25’ players would ‘dominate international cricket for the next 10 years’. So why not? Gill and Jaiswal are expected to spearhead India’s batting after the transition phase, when players such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma opt to retire, and given how they have begun their careers, Sehwag’s prediction may come true.
“Glad to see two youngsters, both under 25 rising to the occasion and standing out. Very likely that these two will dominate world cricket for the next decade and more,” posted Sehwag.
Jaiswal and Gill’s centuries in the Vizag Test have a unique connection. The last time two of India’s young batsmen under the age of 25 scored hundreds in the same Test was in 1996, when Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly accomplished the feat. Tendulkar and Ganguly scored 177 and 136, respectively, against England in Nottingham. It was Ganguly’s only second Test, following his debut at Lord’s, when he hit a memorable century. Like the former India captain, Jaiswal struck a century on debut against the West Indies last year.
As it turned out, Tendulkar and Ganguly continued to dominate cricket till the conclusion of their careers. They still retain the record for the most runs scored by an opening partnership in ODIs, with 6609 from 136 innings. Even in Tests, Ganguly and Tendulkar have amassed 4173 runs in 71 matches, with an average of 61.36.
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