New Delhi, Nov 20: Former leg spinner Narendra Hirwani is probably the happiest man after Jayant Yadav’s success in his maiden Test in the ongoing series against England at Visakhapatnam.
Hirwani, the former leg spinner who had the rare achievement of taking 16 wickets in his debut Test, said on Saturday (Nov 19) over phone, “Air India had organised the practice session where I watched Jayant for the time. And on the very first day at the nets, I was moved by Jayant’s tenacity to insist on offering flights for the batsmen.”
Hirwani was the first man to have started training Jayant Yadav when the 26-year old spinner represented Haryana first five years ago. Hirwani remembered those days saying, “He had an impressive height. That is why he could take advantage of bounce.
I watched most of the batsmen got embarrassed. And Jayant also never became hesitated to deliver the loops. Even after being hammered by the batsmen Jayant never dared to deliver the loops. I realized five years ago that India is going to get a classical off-spinner in future.”
During Jayant's early days, Surendra Bhave was the coach of Haryana.
When contacted on Saturday, Bhave said, “I could realize that Jayant had the capacity of becoming an all-rounder when during one of the Ranji Trophy matches, around four years ago, he went to bat as night watchman and scored 90 runs.
Bhave also recalled saying, “He has potential to become successful on any pitch. Once on the green turf at Lahli in a Ranji Trophy match, Jayant captured eight wickets. But more interesting thing is that Jayant earned the turn from the pitch that he could get on flat wicket.”