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“Let the young man play’ – Gautam Gambhir congratulates Yashasvi Jaiswal but urges fans to avoid overhyping

“Let the young man play’ – Gautam Gambhir congratulates Yashasvi Jaiswal but urges fans to avoid overhyping

In the ongoing test match that saw records tumble and the rise of young talent, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is calling for some breathing space for Yashasvi Jaiswal. The 22-year-old southpaw set the stage on fire during the 2nd Test against England in Visakhapatnam, notching up his maiden Test double-century on day two.

Gautam Gambhir congratulated the emerging batting talent but warned against the prevalent trend of overhyping cricket sensations in India. Emphasising the need to let the young players thrive without undue pressure, he highlighted the media’s tendency to exaggerate achievements, urging a more patient approach.

“I want to congratulate the youngster for his achievement but, more importantly, I want to tell everyone that let the young man play. We have seen in the past that in India we have a habit, especially the media, to over-hype their achievements and give them tags and make them look like heroes. The pressure of expectation gets the better of them, and the players are not able to play their natural game,” Gautam said speaking to PTI.

Drawing parallels to the current struggles of Shubman Gill, Gambhir emphasized the need for patience, urging cricket enthusiasts to let these players evolve naturally.

“Let him grow and enjoy his cricket. We should give them time as they are quality players, and they have shown it in the past with their performance. That is why they are playing for India,” he added.

While Jaiswal basked in the glory of his double-century, his counterpart, Gill, faced a challenging time on the pitch. Gill’s recent struggles continued with two low scores in Hyderabad and a dismissal on 34 in Visakhapatnam.

India are in a firm position at the stumps on day two

In the larger context of the 2nd Test, it was a day marked by Jaiswal’s heroics and Jasprit Bumrah’s lethal bowling. The young batter’s double-ton and Bumrah’s six-wicket haul swung the momentum India’s way, putting them in a commanding position. England, after an initial resistance by openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, crumbled under Bumrah’s spell, conceding a lead of 143 by stumps.

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