Yashasvi Jaiswal becomes youngest to slam One Day double ton

The teenager has now scored three centuries in his List A career's first five matches.

Teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal became the youngest batsman to hammer a double century in List A cricket to break a 44-year-old record following his onslaught in Mumbai's match against Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Alur Cricket Stadium III in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Opening the innings for Mumbai, the southpaw took the first strike and was dismissed with just two balls left in the innings when he departed for a 154-ball 203, that included 17 fours and 12 sixes - the latter a tournament record - accounting for 140 runs in boundaries alone. He is the youngest to score a double ton, which took 149 balls, in One Day cricket at the age of 17 years 292 days, breaking the previous record by nearly three years.

"They say Mumbai batsmen are khadoos and won't give away their wickets easily," Jaiswal told the media. "Even I think like that and do not give up my wicket easily. The bowlers should get me out."

Natal's Alan Barrow held the record earlier, at 20 years and 275 days, when he scored his double ton against the South African XI in Durban in 1975. He also broke the Indian record set by Sanju Samson, when he scored 212* last week in Kerala's match against Goa in Alur, at 24 years and 335 days.

Mumbai scored a towering 358/3 as a result after Jaiswal teamed up with Aditya Tare to forge another solid opening partnership. The duo put on 200 before Tare was dismissed in the 35th over for 78 (102b, 6x4s, 1x6). It was the pair's third hundred run partnership, after 152 against Goa and 195 against Kerala.

As many as 158 runs were scored since Tare's exit at just over 10 per over with Jaiswal, Siddhesh Lad and captain Shreyas Iyer blazing in the death overs. Jaiswal brought his fifty up in 57 balls, his century in 101 and took just 48 balls to bring up his next 100 runs. Of the 105 he put on for the second wicket, Lad contributed just 32 in the partnership.

"Shreyas, Suryakumar (Yadav) and Tare have all guided me so well. From my first match, they have given me a lot of tips, like how to bat against spinners in the middle overs. It is helping me a lot. As a youngster I am motivated by looking at them," he pointed out.

Jaiswal, who represents North Mumbai Panthers in T20 Mumbai, made his List A debut late last month and has racked up his third century in just five matches since then, after one against Goa and the other against Kerala. He is the seventh Indian to rack up a 200 in One Day cricket, a list which includes T20 Mumbai ambassador Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma, an ARCS Andheri pick from Season 1.

"I love to play the straight drive," he added. "It was favourite shot of Sachin Tendulkar and I admire him the most."

Jharkhand, however, didn't go down without a fight as they managed to score 319 before they were bundled out handing Mumbai a 39-run victory.

The defence was spearheaded by Dhawal Kulkarni, an Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburbs pacer, who picked up 5/37 including that of centurion Virat Singh who threatened to take the game away from Mumbai. When Kulkarni bowled out tail-ender Rahul Shukla, he had not only sealed the match and picked up his fifer but also recorded his 200th wicket in List A cricket.

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