A journey of an underprivileged boy from selling panipuri and sleeping in a tent, to becoming an India’s under -19 cricket player and now one of the top-paid player in IPL 2020. He had even scored double century in a list A match and became the youngest cricket to achieve this milestone in the world. He bagged the IPL deal from Rajasthan Royal as for a spectacular amount of ₹2.4 crores. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s story of earning success is nothing short of a spectacle. Besides encouraging hope, Jaiswal has managed to prove that with hard work, dedication and optimism nothing is hard to achieve in life.
Jaiswal was born on 28 December 2001, Bhadobi, Uttar Pradesh. He belongs to Vaisya caste and a humbled background. He lived there with his parents and four brothers and sisters. His father Bhupendra Jaiswal owned a small hardware shop. Yashasvi was very fond of playing cricket and that’s the reason In 2011 when he was 10, he was sent to Mumbai in order to receive cricket training at Azad maidan. His father didn’t stop him as he was unable to feed his family of five children. He had an uncle in Mumbai who stayed in Worli but Jaiswal was unable to move in with him for financial constraint. He started working as a low-grade worker in a dairy shop in Dadar which also gave him accommodation. But due to his strenuous cricket training and schooling during the day he was unable to work in the shop during the night. Hence, he was thrown out from his work in a few months. He was left with no place of his own. Jaiswal’s uncle then somehow arranged his stay in a tent with the grounds men, at Muslim United cricket club at the Azad Maidan. Here too, he often slept hungry and had to sell panipuri and fruits in the evening to make both ends meet.
The turning point
After three years, Jaiswal’s cricketing skill was spotted by Jwala Singh, a local coach, who ran a cricket academy. in December 2013. Singh took Jaiswal under his mentorship and provided him with a place to stay. Singh took care of Yashasvi and was soon given his legal guardianship and power of attorney by his parents.
The Mumbai lad was in the news for making his entry first into the Mumbai U-19 squad and then into the Indian U-19 team for the Sri Lankan tour in August. Yashasvi has already hit 49 centuries in the last couple of years. He also won the Man of the Match award in Asia Cup in 2918 for India U -19 team. He was then sent to National cricket academy Bangalore for further training. Top of Form He was lucky to get Arjun Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar’s son as his roommate. Hence his dream of meeting cricketing icon Sachin came true who gifted him with his autographed bat. After completing his training, in October 2019, he played for Mumbai, in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and scored a double hundred against Jharkhand. He made a record of becoming the youngest batsman at 17yrs 292 days, ever in List A cricket to score a double century. He was the top-five scorer in that series. He was named in India B team for the Deodar trophy for 2019-20 season. An extraordinary U19 World Cup campaign in 2020made massive an announcement of his arrival to everyone.
During the current year IPL auction, he was picked up for the Rajasthan Royals team. It was another boost in his career. The 18-year-old billed as one for the future, can also find idolisation as he prepares to make his debut in IPL, which has started in the UAE from last Saturday. The young lad is excited to play with his seniors like Dhoni, Virat, Rohit etc. It’s a dream come true for an 18year old cricketer. The youngster will be keen to make history in the world of cricket and always want to focus on improving.