India Test debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal had a dream start to his Test career. The Indian opener became 17th batter in Indian history to register a century on Test debut. The 21-year-old, who was picked after his brilliant run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, scored 171 off 387 deliveries at the top of the order, helped his side seal the opening game of the two-match Test series by an inning and 141 runs.
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However, the young India batter, whose journey is one off rags to riches tale was reportedly in tears after he video called his father. As reported by Hindustan Times, the Indian opener called his father at 4:30 am (IST) after Day 2 of the Dominica Test.
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“He called around 4:30 am in the morning (IST) after scoring his century. He couldn’t hold back his tears. I cried too. It was a very emotional moment. He could not talk for a long time. He was tried,” his father Bhupendra said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Additionally, Jaiswal’s father stated that he only asked, “Are you happy, father?” It is to be noted that Jaiswal became only the third Indian batter to register a score of 150 in his debut match, after Shikhar Dhawan (187 against Australia in Mohali) and Rohit Sharma (177 against West Indies in Kolkata).
Feeling very happy and good about it: Jaiswal
The Indian opener opened up after his maiden ton in Test cricket for Team India. On a walk back to his hotel room, Jaiswal said, “It felt very nice getting the Player of the Match award on debut. It’s been a long journey, feeling very happy and good about it. Let’s see what the future holds for me. This is just the start (of my international career). Pray to God that I continue playing like this, keep making efforts and keep contributing for the team.”
The Rohit Sharma-led Team India will next play West Indies in the second Test of the two-match series, starting July 20 at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad.