first_imgIndia off-spinner Jayant Yadav on Sunday credited captain Virat Kohli for his maiden hundred in the ongoing fourth Test against England at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Jayant scored 104 and more importantly, stitched a record 241-run stand with Kohli for the eighth wicket which helped India post 631 runs in their first innings and take a crucial lead of 231 over the visitors. Kohli himself scored a sublime 235, which was his third double hundred this year. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)Jayant’s talent with the bat was on show in his very first match at Vizag where he scored 35 and 27 runs in the second Test. He followed it up with 55 in the third Test at Mohali and then played a magnificent knock on Day 4 of the Mumbai Test. His innings was laced with 15 boundaries and did not hit a single rash shot and put a big price on his wicket. (Thrilling first day on field for Test debutant Jayant Yadav)Jayant also picked up the important wicket of Joe Root in the final session of play as England collapsed to 182/6 at stumps, still trailing India by 49 runs. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)Even though the 26-year-old has been among the wickets and runs in this series, Jayant still feels there is scope for improvement and praised his captain for supporting him throughout his innings.”I can say that things are going good for now, but there is always scope for improvement in everything, be it batting, bowling or fielding. I had a very good mindset when I was out there with Virat (Kohli). When you are batting with Virat things seem much more easier, it was a good partnership,” Jayant said after the day’s play. (Jadeja becomes third-fastest Indian left-arm spinner to 100 Test wickets)advertisementJayant was peppered with short balls when he was in the nervous nineties but the youngster kept calm and saw out the spells from Chris Woakes and James Anderson to reach triple figures and become the first Indian to score a century at No.9 in Test cricket, surpassing Farokh Engineer, who scored 90 against New Zealand at Chennai in 1965. (Injured Shami, Saha ruled out of Chennai Test)”When they were bowling short balls he (Kohli) told me to pull. I have been working on my batting with Sanjay (Bangar) and back in Haryana as well. I really pride my wicket. I went wicketless in the first innings, so wanted to contribute more with the bat,” he said.Kohli’s presence at the other end helped Jayant immensely and he was seen constantly speaking to his captain and taking advice on how to go about his innings. Jayant said that he fed off Kohli’s energy at the crease and also revealed that he turns to Ravichandran Ashwin whenever he needs advice on how to bowl.”It simplifies a lot of things (watching Virat bat at the other end). You also feel his energy, mindset. As for Ashwin, more than anything, he gives situational advice. What the batsman is trying to do, what lines to bowl, what can be better, something on those lines,” he concluded.A moment to cherish! Jayant Yadav brings up his maiden Test ton at Wankhede @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2016last_img

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