Duleep Trophy, Ajinkya Rahane sends Yashasvi Jaiswal off: Here's why
On Day 5 of the Duleep Trophy final, West Zone captain Ajinkya Rahane commanded Yashasvi Jaiswal to leave the field for disciplinary reasons. Jaiswal, who smashed a double-century to set West Zone's win, was sent off after he continued to sledge against South Zone batter Ravi Teja. Teja had complained about Jaiswal's sledging while the latter was having a go at Teja.
As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, Teja had complained about Jaiswal, who was fielding close to the batter. Jaiswal was under the scanner in the 57th over when the on-field umpire highlighted his alleged sledging. Rahane communicated the same with Jaiswal before the latter was eventually sent off. Notably, Satyajeet Bachhav came out to field as a substitute for Jaiswal.
Rahane-led West Zone trounced South Zone by 294 runs to win the Duleep Trophy 2022 final on Sunday. Jaiswal bagged the Player of the Match award for clocking a sensational double-ton (265). Meanwhile, left-armer Jaydev Unadkat snared the Player of the Series title. Chasing 529, South Zone (154/6) couldn't hold long enough on Day 5 to eventually lose the duel.
Jaiswal, who was dismissed for a solitary run in the first innings, smashed a 323-ball 265 (30 fours and four sixes) later on. The 20-year-old notched his career-best score in FC cricket, with the double-century coming up in 235 deliveries. It was his fifth ton in FC level. He had clocked a double-hundred in the quarter-finals against North East Zone.
Jaiswal became the youngest player to score a double-ton in the final of a First-Class tournament (20 years, 269 days). Earlier, he became the fourth-youngest centurion in the Duleep Trophy final after Prithvi Shaw (2017/18), Ravi Shastri (1981/82), and Rahane (2008/09).
Yashasvi wound up as the leading run-getter in Duleep Trophy 2022 by a distance. He racked up 497 runs from five innings at an astronomical average of 99.40. Most notably, he has bossed the show while striking at 74.17. Yashavi has now racked up 1,015 runs in FC cricket (100s: 5, 50s: 1). Shaw (315) and Rahane (250) had impressive returns as well.