India battered England by 106 runs in the 2nd Test match at Visakhapatnam and levelled the five-match series by 1-1. After losing the first match, India were in a precarious position as they lost from a dominant position in the 1st test, and adding to their woes, they lost their two key players in the form of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja.
But as the Indian batting line-up was looking thin, two youngsters Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill stepped up and hit a double century and century respectively to take out India from dire straits and played a major role in levelling the series 1-1.
Former flamboyant Indian opener Virender Sehwag who himself was known to revolutionize Test match batting made a bold prediction about the two young Indian batters – Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill. Sehwag took to social media to express his views on the two prodigal Indian batters.
Sehwag wrote, “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."
Jaiswal-Gill resembles the rich Indian batting legacy
Interestingly, the centuries by Jaiswal and Gill in the Vizag Test bear a special connection. The last instance of two Indian batters under the age of 25 scoring centuries in the same Test occurred in 1996 when Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly achieved this feat. Tendulkar and Ganguly recorded scores of 177 and 136, respectively, against England at Nottingham.
This historical occurrence is significant as Tendulkar and Ganguly went on to dominate cricket throughout their careers. They currently hold the record for the highest run partnership by an opening pair in ODIs, amassing 6609 runs from 136 innings. In Test matches, Ganguly and Tendulkar accumulated 4173 runs in 71 matches with an impressive average of 61.36. Now the baton is passed on to the duo of Jaiswal and Gill and hopefully, they will make the legacy even richer.