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Brian Lara backs Yashasvi Jaiswal to break his records in test cricket

Published at :May 8, 2024 at 6:11 PM
Modified at :May 8, 2024 at 6:11 PM
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Yashasvi Jaiswal amassed 712 runs in the five-match test series against England earlier in 2024.

Legendary cricketer Brian Lara feels that the 22-year-old Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal might come close to breaking his historic record of 400* in test cricket. Lara became the first batter in the world to score 400 runs in a single test innings. He achieved the iconic milestone during the fourth and final test match against England at St. John’s in April 2004.

The 22-year-old Jaiswal made his test debut during India’s two-match test tour of West Indues in July 2023. In the first test, Jaiswal hit his maiden hundred and finished his innings at 171. His match-winning knock helped the visitors win the match by an innings and 141 runs. Since then, he has been in the limelight in the longest format of the game.

In just nine test matches, Jaiswal has smashed 1028 runs at a stunning average of 68.53. The youngster has also hammered three hundreds and four fifties along with two double-centuries till now. Earlier this year, in the five-match test series against England, the left-handed batter took the cricketing world by storm as he broke several records.

The opener amassed 712 runs in the series, including two double centuries. Jaiswal also became the second Indian after legendary Sunil Gavaskar, to score 700 or more runs in a test series. Since then, many cricket experts and former players have been constantly talking about the rise of him in the longest format of the game.

He has got capabilities: Brian Lara on Yashasvi Jaiswal

Meanwhile, the West Indies legend Brian Lara praised young batter Jaiswal about his capabilities. Lara also added that the 22-year-old Jaiswal has a very good chance to break his historic 400* record.

“If I feel my records are threatened, Jaiswal has got a very good chance to do so. He has got capabilities, couple of double hundreds already. He is that good,” Lara told PTI.

The 55-year-old Lara also shared the memory of him meeting Jaiswal for the very first time. When asked about the light moment they shared, Lara replied, “The only thing I can reveal about that (conversation) is I think he is an outstanding young cricketer. what I like about him is that he is very humble and willing to work. The first time I met him (last year), I immediately found myself attached to him.

“After the game (SRH vs Royals), I went to the hotel with a friend of mine from the Caribbean who knew Jos Buttler. It was midnight and Jaiswal found me. I promise you I left the hotel at 4 in the morning,” Brian Lara added.

The 55-year-old further added that during his conversation with Jaiswal, the youngster wanted to learn as much as possible and wanted to become a better cricketer.

“He just wanted to hear more and more and more. That is one of his amazing traits. His ability to want to learn as much as possible. Our conversations are about trying to make him a better cricketer. I am available for anyone that has my number. I am happy to talk cricket,” he further added.

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