David Lloyd suggested that England should exploit Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s ego by persisting with off-spinners and luring him into making false strokes.

Former England cricketer David Lloyd emphasized the challenge posed by Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal and advocated for a strategic approach to tempt him into making mistakes. Jaiswal, who currently leads the series in runs scored with an impressive 321 runs at an average of 80.75, notably crafted a stunning 209 in the second Test, contributing significantly to India’s victory.

In his column for the Daily Mail, Lloyd highlighted Jaiswal’s aggressive batting style and lack of obvious weaknesses, prompting him to urge England to play on Jaiswal’s ego to gain an advantage in the series.

“Jaiswal is a dasher all right but he doesn’t have an obvious weakness, so I would be thinking slightly outside the box and rather than bowling the left-arm spinner against him with the new ball, I would be tempted to persevere with the off-spinner, placing temptation in the deep. I would like to see England play on Jaiswal’s ego bit more,” wrote Lloyd.

“The one England have had the most problems with so far is Yashasvi Jaiswal and their challenge therefore is to try to work out a plan to dismiss the series’ leading run scorer,” he added.

Lloyd also pointed out the potential advantage for England on the historically high-scoring pitch at Rajkot, suggesting their aggressive batting approach could thrive. He emphasized the importance of English batters converting starts into substantial centuries, aiming for team totals of around 400 rather than settling for smaller contributions. The third Test of the series starts in Rajkot on February 15.

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Last Updated on February 13, 2024

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