Jayant Yadav, a name that was doing the rounds of Indian cricket for a while, has made a major impact on his arrival in the international scene. Jayant played three Test matches in the recent series against England and contributed with vital runs and wickets. Jayant registered his maiden century in the Mumbai Test when India was in a tricky situation. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Jayant spoke about his debut series and his ambitions for the future.
When asked about being named in the Test squad, he said, "After the ODI debut, I wanted to get in the Test team. When the name was announced, it was a great feeling. Actually, I was a part of the Test team (during the New Zealand series) before I made my ODI debut. So, I was aware about the dressing room atmosphere, the team culture. It was a great feeling."
On being nervous during his debut Test, "There was definitely nervousness. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. But everything just panned out in a right way. I got the wicket on the eighth ball. So that calmed my nerves. I contributed with the bat (35 and 27 not out) which made me feel better. It was one of those days where everything fell in place."
Jayant said he expected to do well, and his success doesn't surprise him, "The major factor is contributing to the team, adding value to the role given. But as a cricketer, I am not content. Yes, I am definitely happy with the way I have performed and I would like to contribute further.
Jayant says it was more important for him to contribute to the team's success, "It definitely feels good, but at the same time, anybody who is playing cricket for a long time, it would be a dream of having three good Test matches and contribute to the team. Adding value to the team is more important in whichever way that you can. It is not a dream. Dream would be to scoring 200 and take five wickets."
When asked if he considers himself as a all-rounder, he said, "My first skill is always bowling. All the all-rounders around the world they have the primary skill in place and another skill that backs them up."
Jayant added that performing a dual role is not a burden, "I can say from my perspective, it is not a burden. If you have two skills, you can always contribute to the team. It’s just about working on your secondary skill and take it a notch up. I enjoy batting and bowling, so why would it be a burden?"
Jayant said the dressing room environment encourages the players to give their best, "The structure has played a part. It is everybody, not just Virat. Obviously, being a captain, he takes into account a lot of things, but the environment in the dressing room is very conducive for you to eptiomise and deliver your performance because the atmosphere is buzzing, full of positivity. You just want to go out there and do something for the team. That does play a very important part."
When asked about the role of Anil Kumble behind the scenes, he replied, "Anil sir brings a sense of calmness. When you didn’t have a good spell, he will reinforce that you need to be consistent in all the areas as that will open up the avenue for a wicket. You don’t have to chase a wicket, that is one thing he keeps stressing upon. He keeps giving me positive vibes. The best thing about this team is that they will keep backing you till the end. That is a good thing for a youngster like me."
Lastly he was asked about his equation with senior spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin, to which he replied, "I have known Ashwin since 2014. We share a good rapport. We talk a lot about the game apart from other things. It is very difficult to describe Ash. He is a great cricketing mind, very genuine and straight forward. He simplifies things for you."