Yashasvi Jaiswal eyes Brendon McCullum's massive six-hitting record during 5th Test in Dharamsala

Updated - 02 Mar 2024, 05:39 PM

Brendon McCullum, Yashasvi Jaiswal
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Indian opening batter Yashasvi Jaiswal is on the verge of achieving a significant milestone during the fifth and final Test match against England. Yashasvi Jaiswal is only behind England coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes in a six-hitting record in Test cricket.

Yashasvi Jaiswal has been in outstanding form in the ongoing five-match series against England on home soil. The left-handed batter stands as the leading run-getter in the series, scoring 655 runs in four Tests at an impressive average of 93.57 and a strike rate of 78.63.

The 22-year-old opening batter has recorded two double centuries and half centuries so far in the series. The southpaw became the third Indian batter, after Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli, to score more than 600 runs against the England cricket team in a Test series.

Yashasvi Jaiswal On The Verge Of Brendon McCullum’s Record

Yashasvi Jaiswal has already hit 23 sixes in just two months in 2024. England’s current head coach Brendon McCullum leads the chart for hitting the most sixes in a calendar year in Tests with 33 sixes in 2014. Ben Stokes follows closely behind with 26 sixes in 2022.

Behind Jaiswal are Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (22 sixes in 2005), followed by India’s Virender Sehwag (22 sixes in 2008) and Rishabh Pant (21 sixes in 2022). Jaiswal is likely to increase his six-tally further, with India set to play many more Test matches this calendar year.

In the Rajkot Test against England, Jaiswal equaled Wasim Akram’s record of hitting the most sixes in a Test innings with 12 sixes. The Mumbai batter remained unbeaten on 216 runs before Indian skipper Rohit Sharma declared the team’s innings at a total of 430 runs.

KL Rahul Ruled Of Fifth Test vs England

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the fifth and final Test match of the series. Senior batter KL Rahul has been ruled out of the last Test match, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who rested for the fourth, will rejoin the Indian Test team.

“Mr. KL Rahul, whose participation in the final Test was subject to fitness, has been ruled out of the fifth and final Test in Dharamsala. The BCCI Medical Team is closely monitoring him and coordinating with specialists in London for further management of his issue.”

“He will join the India squad after the completion of the domestic fixture for the fifth Test, if need be,” the BCCI release added.

The home team has taken an unassailable 3-1 lead following a five-wicket victory in Ranchi. India also secured their 17th successive series win at home. The Indian team has remained unbeaten at home over the past decade, having last suffered a series defeat in 2012.

The fifth Test match is scheduled to be played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, starting on Thursday, March 7.

India’s Squad For Fifth Test vs England:

Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah (vice-captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep

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