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After a dismal show in the series so far, England have something good to talk about. Keaton Jennings, the 24-year-old who was called in to replace injured Haseeb Hameed against India in the fourth Test match, was splendid with the bat as he became the 19th Englishman to hit a hundred on Test Debut and fourth Englishman ever to achieve the feat on Day 1 of a Test.
Ecstatic with his magnificent knock, the left-handed batsman said he could not be more happier and prouder than he is today. After escaping an early exit, he made the best of the granted opportunity.
Talking about what all he went through before he was handed his Test cap by legendary Ian Botham itself, Jennings said he was nervous but excited at the same time.
“Couldn’t be happier, couldn’t be prouder. A life early on, got the beans going. Just chatting to my uncle, trying to approach like I would any other game. Woke up at 5 am this morning, thinking I missed the bus. No video, try to chat with other batters to see what it’s like.”
Wearing a smile on his face from the word go, Jennings helped his side grab two sessions by neck before losing out on the third one, thanks to a three-wicket haul from India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
The debutant also mentioned Virat Kohli’s in his short post-match speech, admiring the Indian captain for his captaincy.
“After lunch, it started to turn. Virat’s captaincy was superb.”
England ended Day 1 of the Wankhede Test at 288/5.