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At the end of day three, Indian team was at a score of 451/7, 49 runs behind the total of England. All the hopes were on the overnight batsmen Virat Kohli and Jayant Yadav to help India gain some lead, so as not to repeat the Mumbai disaster again. Both of them batted brilliantly for more than one session and not just gained a healthy lead but also brushed aside the hopes of England team, forcing a perfect toil for England bowlers and punishing them on what can be called as the fortress.
It was first the Indian skipper Virat Kohli who chased the 200-run mark for the third time this year and then came the moment for Jayant Yadav who went on to score a century in just fourth innings in Test cricket.
Speaking on the achievement, the young all-rounder said, “I have always been a handy batsman, ever since started playing in junior cricket. But as I came up the ranks, I always wanted to build this side of my game and my Ranji Trophy team really helped me do it,”
“Even though I was batting down, I had responsibility so taking that responsibility, you really grow as an all-rounder player, I would say a holistic development of a player,” he said
Jayant Yadav, however, showed no rush or fuss about being promoted in the batting order and said that he is happy being batting at number 9 and said, “I scored my double hundred at No. 9, I scored my first Test hundred at No. 9, I am happy at No. 9.
“I think we have to take into account the context of the game. They were attacking me more and they had very defensive fields against Virat, so that gave me an opportunity to put away the bad balls and that is what I did.”
Talking about the strategies befoe the start of the day and the talk which he had with the captain he said, “Between overs, we just spoke about what was happening. ‘Is he trying to do something different or is he trying to do the same thing that he did in the last over?’ We had the odd laugh as well,” Jayant concluded.
Jayant Yadav did not bowl well in the first innings as he gave away 89 runs and went wicketless in 25 overs he bowled but the blow was blunted with a century.
Still, the captain will be hoping Jayant to contribute with the ball as well. Indian team possess a lead of 49 runs and just four more wickets will do it for India.
Now it’s just a matter of time and Indian bowlers will be looking to get those four wickets as soon as possible so as to take rest before the start of the fifth and the final Test match at Chennai.