Visakhapatnam saw India and England play the second Test match of the five-match series. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Yashasvi Jaiswal were batting when the stumps were drawn.
After the last ball was bowled, Ravichandran Ashwin walked to umpire Marais Erasmus. The 37-year-old could be seen gesticulating at something animatedly. It isn’t still clear what was wrong but it is safe to say Ashwin wasn’t a happy camper.
Yashasvi Jaiswal was the batter of the day as he stroked his career-best score of 179 not out. India ended the day at 336/6 from 92 overs with the 2nd new ball still to be taken. Rajat Patidar and Shoaib Bashir made their Test debuts on Friday.
India end day one of the Visakhapatnam Test on a high
Aside from the argument between Marais Erasmus and Ravichandran Ashwin, it was a good day for India. Young Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal got his second Test ton to help India get a good score.
Speaking to the host broadcasters at the end of the day Jaiswal said “I wanted to play it session by session. When they were bowling, I just wanted to get through that spell. Initially, the wicket was damp and there was spin and bounce, with a bit of seam. However, I wanted to convert the loose balls, and play till the end”
When he asked what the instructions were when he was batting, the Indian opener replied “I want to recover well for tomorrow now. The pitch played a bit differently, in the morning it was a bit damp and it settled. With the older ball, there was some bounce, Rahul sir and Rohit bhai kept giving me confidence and told me to convert this into a big innings, and stay till the end”
Apart from Yashasvi Jaiswal, none of the batters looked to convert their starts. Rohit Sharma fell early for 14, while Shubman Gill was out for 34. The 24-year-old was looking good till a loose shot got his downfall.
Shreyas Iyer was out to a smart catch by Ben Foakes for 27, while Rajat Patidar was out for 32. Axar Patel and KS Bharat fell for 27 and 17 to hand England a slight advantage towards the end of the day. India will now hope that Jaiswal and Ashwin can bat long to help India post a huge total on the board.