24 Feb 2024

Yashasvi Jaiswal Joins Elite Company, Matches Record of Renowned Indian Batsmen

Ranchi: In a historic feat on Saturday, Yashasvi Jaiswal, India's promising young opening batsman, etched his name alongside cricket greats by becoming the fifth Indian to amass 600 or more runs in a Test series. This achievement occurred on the second day of the ongoing fourth match against England.

The distinguished list includes India's cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, and Dilip Sardesai, all of whom had previously achieved this milestone. 

Jaiswal made his Test debut for India last year

Jaiswal, who made his Test debut for India last year, reached this remarkable feat in his seventh innings during the current five-match Test series, securing 55 not out with a single off Shoaib Bashir in the final session. Despite missing out on a century in this match, Jaiswal's exceptional performance in the second and third Tests included two double centuries.

At the age of 22, Jaiswal now shares the honor with the great Indian batsmen Gavaskar, Kohli, Dravid, and Sardesai, who have all scored over 600 runs in a Test series. Former Indian captains Gavaskar, Kohli, and Dravid achieved this milestone twice in their illustrious careers, while Sardesai accomplished it during the series in West Indies in 1970-71.

Reflecting on the historical context, Gavaskar, during the 1970-71 series, set the record for the most runs by an Indian batsman in a Test series with 774 runs, including four centuries and three half-centuries. Gavaskar is the sole Indian to exceed 700 runs in a Test series on two occasions.

Notably, the overall record for the highest runs in a Test series is held by Australia's legendary batsman Don Bradman, who scored 974 runs with four centuries in five Tests against England in 1930.

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