It is often said that when you truly dream to achieve something, the entire universe conspires to turn your dream into a reality. In the case of Yashasvi Jaiswal, it seems true to the core. Born in a financially backward village of Suriya, Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal dreamt of becoming a cricketer in his life. He didn’t have any resources and was neither surrounded by people who could guide him to his dream. All he had was his dream to be a cricketer and play for Indian in the much-coveted blue jersey.
Yashasvi Jaiswal Early Life and Childhood:
The left-handed batsman took birth in a small village called Suriya, near Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. Yashasvi belonged to a financially weak family where his brother was the sole earner of his family. His elder brother ran a small hardware store and was hardly meeting the ends meet. However, in Yashasvi Jaiswal he had a younger brother who was crazy for the game of Cricket. Jaiswal was mesmerized by cricket and considered Sachin Tendulkar as his ideal in the game.
Yashasvi Jaiswal decided to meet pursue his dream and in order to emulate his idol in the cricketing world, he moved to Mumbai at the age of 11 in 2013. As destiny had it Yashasvi Jaiswal landed in Mumbai when the cricketing alleys of Mumbai were bidding a farewell to their favorite son in Sachin Tendulkar. His father never tried to stop him from leaving as the family was already in financial turmoil and did not have space for another adult.
Yashasvi Jaiswal knew only a distant uncle in Mumbai who lived in Worli. Jaiswal wasn’t familiar with the city and could not live with his uncle as his uncle was living in a very small space. However, his uncle got him a job at a nearby dairy. The dairy owner was kind enough and allowed Jaiswal to live and sleep in a small space inside the dairy.
However, difficulties in his life were nowhere near an end. Jaiswal used to attend school in the morning, following which he used to practice the love of his life, Cricket. The extremely hectic schedule generally left Jaiswal tired and he used to sleep during his work hours. As a result, he was fired from Dairy and his dreams in the ‘city of dream’ seemed to die.
Yashasvi Jaiswal Career and Stats:
After getting expelled from the Dairy, Yashasvi Jaiswal was struggling to earn a living in Mumbai and it became a hindrance in his dreams. However, his uncle came to his rescue again and got him admitted to Muslim United Cricket Club in Azaad Maidan, Mumbai. It was the real beginning of Jaiswal’s career. He used to practice in the morning and use to sell fruits and Pani Puri in the evening to bear his expenses. The Mumbai batsman used to live in Gardeners’ tent. The young lad was catching a lot of attention with his extraordinary talent and was known for his hard work.
One fine day while practicing, his first coach Jwala Singh spotted him practicing and was mesmerized by the batsman’s amazing talent. He talked to Yashasvi Jaiswal and came to know of the heart-wrenching situation Jaiswal was going through. Jwala Singh offered him a place to live and took him under his wings. Yashasvi moved in with Jwala Singh, who looked after him and fulfilled all his cricketing needs, His coach motivated Jaiswal to participate in local school tournaments which led Jaiswal to participate in Harris Shield School Tournament.
The event proved to be life-changing for Jaiswal who shone like a star in the most famous tournament of Mumbai. He scored 319 runs in a match apart from taking 13 wickets in the same game. He registered his name in Limca Books of Records for what was the best performance ever. Jaiswal was now the apple of eyes in the entire cricketing fraternity of Mumbai and received motivational words from several superstars.
Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 52 centuries and took more than 200 wickets within a few games. In the meanwhile, his parents made Jwala Singh his legal guardian. Jwala kept supporting Jaiswal who was soon selected in the Mumbai Under-16 side and eventually to India U-19 side. His performances in List A games also caught a lot of attention. While representing Mumbai Side in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Jaiswal scored a double hundred and became the youngest batsman to achieve the feat.
Some of his success can also be credited to the National Cricket Academy, the famous training school where he spent a lot of time under the abled wings of Rahul Dravid. Co-incidentally he shared his NCA room with Arjun Tendulkar, son of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. He requested Arjun for a meeting with Sachin with was granted by his roomie.
Jaiswal went into the U-19 Cricket World Cup with a lot of expectations from the Indian fans and great things were expected from him. It’s only fair to say that he didn’t disappoint and emerged as the best batsman of the tournament. Jaiswal impressed with his performances in the season and was touted as the ‘future of Indian batting’ by several pundits. He was the most impressive player of the tournament and almost single-handedly led the Indian colts to the final where they lost to Bangladesh in a valiant effort.
IPL Auction and Rajasthan Royals:
Everyone was impressed by his performances and amongst them were the IPL franchises. As soon as his name popped up in the IPL auction pool of 2019, a bidding war started for the then 17-year old opener. After an intense bidding Rajasthan Royals bagged him for a sum of 2.4 cr. He will play the 2020 edition of IPL with the Jaipur based franchise and will expect to leave a long-lasting impact in the tournament meant to be played out in UAE.
|Age||18||Team||Rajasthan Royals, India U-19, Mumbai|
|Height||65 Kgs||Weight||6’0 ft|