Given the opportunity in the new ICC World Test Championship cycle, we look at a group of young Indian batsmen who could match the feats of Yashavi Jaiswal and thrive at Test level.
Jaiswal was one of two players to make his Test debut for India in the Test against the West Indies in Dominica, and the 21-year-old immediately showed he was up to the task as he became the 17th Indian player to score a century. Their Test debut.
Ricky Ponting praised Jaiswal while talking to anchor Sanjana Ganesan in the latest episode. ICC reviewThe former Australian captain admitted he was not surprised the left-hander made such a strong impression after watching him score 625 runs for Rajasthan Royals in the latest season of the Indian Premier League.
“I mean (Yasaswi) Jaiswal’s IPL was something special. He almost flicked a switch and became a superstar overnight,” Ponting said.
“Everyone knew he was a talented young man, but what I saw in the IPL this year, he has all kinds of talent.”
Ponting feels inspired by Jaiswal and can perform in a similar manner if given an opportunity at the Test level.
Ponting nominated Ruturaj Gaekwad, who scored 590 runs in this year’s IPL – and is also currently in India’s touring party in the Caribbean – as another player who could shine in the coming years, and Sarfaraz Khan and Prithvi Shah as two other batsmen who could easily adjust. To the rigors of Test cricket.
“There are a lot of Indian youngsters who I can’t wait to see play Test cricket, yet you also look at their domestic records and you can’t help but be impressed,” Ponting said.
“I think (Ruthuraj) Gaekwad is (just like Jaiswal). I think he’s going to be a very serious Test match player or all-format player in the next couple of years.”
Ponting, who worked alongside Sarfaraz at Delhi Capitals in the IPL, is another young player the Australian has earmarked for future success.
The 25-year-old averages 70 in first-class cricket and Ponting believes it is unfortunate that the Indian selectors have overlooked him so far.
“I feel a bit sorry for Sarfaraz Khan. I think in first-class cricket that he has never been in a Test team given his high 80s average, which is absolutely unheard of. But, for some reason, they pick these other guys ahead of him,” Ponting said.
Shaw is another player who Ponting believes can shine for India in the future if he works towards India’s comeback. Shaw made his international debut in 2018 but has not featured for his country since 2021.
Classing Shah in the same bracket as Jaiswal and Sarfaraz, Ponting added, “If I were to turn the clock back two years, I would put Prithvi Shah in that category. I still think he has the potential to get back to that, you know, if he wants to do it enough, I’m sure he can get back there because There is no doubt about the talent he has got in terms of talent.
“So, yeah, I think those two guys are going to be great. Batting-wise, off the top of my head, I think they’re going to be two. Like I said, Sarfaraz is the other one. He’s got all kinds of talent that we won’t see for a while.”
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