Off-spinner Jayant Yadav made his Test debut in the second Test match against England at Visakhapatnam. The spinner is a great find for the Indian team and he can easily be the third spin option for India after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He has a great record in domestic circuit and is widely regarded as a tough cricketer. However, he has a softer side as well. He revealed it recently.

On the day when Jayant Yadav made his ODI debut, he shared to the world a heartening story of his big loss in personal life. That day, Indian players were wearing their mothers’ names on their jerseys. But Jayant Yadav wanted to wear two names on his jersey as he had two mothers.

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Jayant Yadav’s ODI debut (Photo: BCCI)

Jayant Yadav’s parents were killed in an accident. His original mother Lakshmi’s name was mentioned on the back of his jersey. He was brought up by Jyoti Yadav. And Jayant Yadav didn’t fail to acknowledge her contribution. When he was being interviewed by a commentator, he addressed her mother Jyoti Yadav who was watching him at home on television and said he wanted her name on the shirt as well.

Why Jayant Yadav has in him to be a star

It is a touching story of winning against personal loss. It is for the cricketer now to prove his mettle and cement his place in the Test side. He has a great opportunity here. He has been taking wickets for Haryana in the national circuit. In 42 first class matches, he has 117 wickets at a decent average of 29.70. He also has a good strike-rate of 54.5.

Why is he what India need?

India are currently dependent on R Ashwin to take wickets. Jadeja is good, but to expect him to winning matches for India is a tough ask. India need another match winner. This is where Jayant Yadav can kick in. If he takes wickets in this series,  he can be the bowling mainstay for India in the longer run.