Alastair Cook, who used to lead England’s cricket team, thinks that Yashasvi Jaiswal’s amazing score of 179 runs in the second Test match in Visakhapatnam made India’s weak batting look better than it is. Jaiswal, in his second Test match, scored his highest-ever score and helped India reach 336 runs for the loss of six wickets by the end of the first day of the match. Cook praised Jaiswal’s performance but pointed out that the rest of India’s batsmen could have done better.
Jaiswal played with great confidence and aggression, hitting 17 boundaries and five sixes, which are shots that score six runs each. Before this match, his highest score was 171 runs in his first Test match against West Indies last year. However, the other Indian batsmen, including their captain Rohit Sharma, didn’t score many runs individually.
Cook said that Jaiswal’s excellent performance covered up the fact that the rest of India’s batting lineup struggled. Kevin Pietersen, another former England cricketer, also thought that England did better overall on the first day of the match.
Pietersen explained that England’s positive and aggressive style of batting puts them ahead in the game. He noticed that the pitch (the ground where the match is played) had no surprises for the batsmen, so India should have scored more runs. India will start the second day with Jaiswal trying to reach 200 runs, and Ravichandran Ashwin, another Indian player, supporting him to help India score more than 500 runs in their first innings.