‘I didn’t want to retire hurt but…’, says star Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Star India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has revealed that he was determined not to retire hurt on the third day of the third Test against England in Rajkot.
Despite experiencing lower back pain, Jaiswal went on to score an unbeaten 214. He had retired hurt on the third day while playing on 105 but resumed his innings the next day.Notably, Jaiswal’s double century featured an impressive sequence of three consecutive sixes off England’s veteran pacer James Anderson.
“It’s kind of hard, Test cricket, I guess. So, I just make sure that if I’m there, I need to make sure in my mind that I will give my 100 per cent. I didn’t want to [retire] hurt but it was too much. The next day I didn’t know how it was going to start, lots of thoughts in my mind. But again when I came, I tried to give myself time and after that, I felt really, really good,” Jasiwal said as quoted from ICC.
“Suddenly I got set and I felt that I could score runs. I have my plans where I could play all my shots and I tried…and get those runs. After some time, my back was not really good,” Jaiswal added.
Jaiswal is currently at the top of the run-scorer charts in the ongoing cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) with an impressive tally of 861 runs to his name.
Jaiswal acknowledged the significant role played by India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, and batting coach, Vikram Rathour, in mentoring him during his early cricketing phase. Their guidance and support have evidently contributed to Jaiswal’s success, allowing him to excel in the international Test arena.
“The things that they have told me, how I can think about the game, how I can read the wicket, how I can take my game as deep as I can and with that also they give me all the freedom. ‘If you think that you can play that shot well, make sure you are committing to it and you’re playing it’. They know that I play the sweep and the reverse sweep and they say you play, but make sure the ball is there to play,” Jaiswal said.
“I always keep thinking and talking to my seniors like Rohit bhai and Rahul bhai as well about how I can prepare for the game and how I can switch my mind. I think it is really important to work on my mind and I really try to work on my mind and then I try to express myself,” Jaiswal added.
Jaiswal’s heroic innings, complemented by notable contributions from Ravindra Jadeja, Shubman Gill, and Sarfaraz Khan, played a pivotal role in India securing a historic 434-run victory in the third Test against England. The collective efforts of the team led to a dominant and memorable triumph, showcasing the depth and strength of the Indian squad.
(With ANI inputs)

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