In a conversation on ‘Match Centre Live’ on JioCinema and Sports18, India batter Yashasvi Jaiswal, who scored a double hundred in the first innings, spoke about his performance after India beat England by 106 runs in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.
On his thoughts, while batting and facing James Anderson for the first time: I wasn’t thinking much. When I saw the wicket, my first thought was to see how it was playing. Rohit and I were discussing the same as I played Anderson’s first over. Slowly, I understood how the wicket was behaving and where I could score my runs.
On his approach while nearing his double-hundred: The last time, when I had scored 171 (against the West Indies), I wanted to score the double-hundred, but it didn’t happen. I always think that if I focus on my daily routine, the runs will come. The process is very important in my life, whatever discipline I follow. What time I sleep, what I eat, how well do I practice? I think if all of this is maintained well, the performance will stay good as well. When I go to the ground, I feel confident because I know the hard work that I have put in, and I just need to go there and express myself. I always try to play for the team. In the last match, they had told me I could play as many shots as I wanted, and I played differently. Here, I thought the wicket was great and if I stayed patient, I could get a big innings. We lost wickets initially, so I thought I should take responsibility and play as deep as I could.
On Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet congratulating him: I have spoken with Sachin sir. He congratulated me and told me to continue working hard as this is a very important time. Consistency is very important. I’ll always admire him as my idol.
On his daily routine: I get no time (to scroll Instagram). We go (for practice and matches) in the morning, come back by evening, and then sleep for recovery. For the first three days, I was just sleeping, waking up, and working. It’s a great feeling. I am very happy that I have been able to do this. In the first three days of this match, I went out in the morning to bat and I enjoyed it a lot because I knew it was important to enjoy this moment.
On the processes he follows in his fielding: I have a process for my fielding. It’s a crucial part of playing, across all formats. As you saw today, in the morning we were doing a variety of catching practice. I am working very hard on my fielding to contribute to the team. The more I practice, the better I will get.
On his conversations with the coach and captain: From my conversations with Rohit, Rahul sir, and Vikram sir, the discussion was that if any batsman gets set in their innings, he should play till the end. This was my attempt as well. We all believe in each other and have been working hard together. Whoever is performing on that day, they should try to complete the job for the team.