“Who Listens In Their 20s?”: Sunil Gavaskar Recalls ‘Mildly Reprimanding’ Yashasvi Jaiswal


Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed that he gave young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal a “mild rebuke” during the Test tour of South Africa in December 2023. Test against West Indies in Trinidad. After scoring a century in his debut match, Jaiswal was sure to reach triple figures in the second game. However, he chased a wide delivery and edged it to second slip on 57.

Jaiswal was the leading scorer in the recently concluded Test series against England with 712 runs in five matches. This was the highest score made by an Indian batsman in a Test series against England.

Gavaskar said that he enjoyed seeing Jaiswal score big runs against England and offered advice to the youngster.

“It was great to see Yashasvi score so many runs and the way he dominated the attack. I gave him a mild rebuke in the hotel lift on the first day of the first Test in South Africa for throwing away his wicket in Trinidad Test) and told him to never do any favors to the bowlers. Thankfully, he listened to me and got two big doubles in this series. He scored three other half-centuries and which I Forgot what I told him there. But hey, who listens to anyone when he is 20. I didn't listen either. Hopefully, he goes on to do big things and never forget that whatever he is, Indian cricket It's because of,” Gavaskar told Hindustan Times in an interview.

After scoring 700+ runs in his first Test series in 1971, Gavaskar recalled that in his case, luck played a major role.

“When a player scores runs in a series he is either very good or very lucky. In my case it was the latter because no less a cricketer than Gary Sobers gave me life in my first half-century and then my first Test century. ” He added.

Apart from the two double centuries, Jaiswal also scored three half-centuries and Gavaskar had a mild opinion on it.

“He scored three more half-centuries and he forgot what I told him there. But hey, who listens to anyone when they're 20. Neither did I. Hopefully, he'll go on to bigger things and this never He will forget that whatever he is is because of Indian cricket.”

Meanwhile, Jaiswal was on Tuesday named the ICC 'Player of the Month' for February.

The 22-year-old created several records in February and equaled the long-standing Test record for most sixes (12) in a Test innings during his Rajkot double century.

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