Analysing India opener Mayank Agarwal’s dismissal on Thursday to Kyle Jamieson, Wasim Jaffer opined that the right-hander has a “tendency of staying a little bit on the back foot”, making him vulnerable to outswingers.
Agarwal poked Jamieson’s delivery outside the off-stump, edging it to the wicket-keeper, to end his comeback innings for 13 runs.
Wasim Jaffer observed that Agarwal had looked uncomfortable against the away moving deliveries during his 28-ball stay. He talked about the slight technical adjustment that the opener needs to make, especially while facing pacers who can move the ball, and believes that Agarwal could have left the wicket ball.
“I think he could have left it. He would be unhappy that he played it. I mean, he was playing and missing quite a few balls. He has a tendency of staying a little bit on the back foot, outswingers do pose him a little bit of a problem.
“He gets opened up, gets chest on quite a lot. That’s something he needs to work on in his game, especially in conditions where there’s lateral moment. That’s exactly what happened,” Wasim Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo.
“In that small innings, he didn’t look confident against Jamieson and he obviously found that edge. He would be unhappy that he played at those balls that he should have left alone,” he added.
Kyle Jamieson hurts India after Shubman Gill’s fifty
Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. The new opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill found it difficult to negate the high-class swing bowling of Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.
Jamieson swung the ball hoops both in-swing and out-swing before he finally had Agarwal for 13, the batsman nicking to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell. Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel was introduced in the 7th over by Kane Williamson, and he found turn straightaway, and low bounce as well was seen.
Gill then unfurled his range: he cut, drove, flicked, and also slammed Patel for a straight six. Gill raised his fifty before lunch. However, in the first over of the second session, Jamieson bowled Gill with a sharp in-seamer which breached Gill’s defence and took an inside edge on its way to uprooting two stumps.
Soon after India crossed 100, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s 24-run stand was broken by Southee, who had Pujara poking outside the off-stump, dismissed for 26. Rahane stroked a few sublime boundaries before he chopped on Jamieson onto his stumps after scoring 35 runs. Going into Tea, India were 154/4.