We all like rags to riches stories, don’t we? It kind of titillates our fantasies. But in many stories, the protagonist takes ages to be successful. However, this young boy from Mumbai is definitely an exception!
From selling Pani puri and living under tents just last year to becoming the Indian Premier League’s new crorepati, 17-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal has really seen one of the steepest climbs ever in cricket history.
On Thursday, the youngster was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a hefty ₹2.4 crores at the IPL Auctions 2020. But while the massive sum of money might surprise many, it is not really a surprise for people who know Yashasvi.
The Mumbai batsman first came to prominence in the cricket circuit by becoming the youngest batsman to hit a double-hundred in List A cricket earlier this year. His knock of 203 off 154 balls (12 sixes, 17 boundaries) for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy was enough to grab the eyeballs of the selectors. Jaiswal ended the tournament after scoring 564 runs at a stunning average of 112.80.
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The impressive knocks were enough to turn the selectors’ eyeballs. Yashasvi was ‘yashasvi’ (successful) in securing a place in the Indian team for the 50-over Under-19 World Cup that will be played between January and February next year in South Africa.
Jaiswal was a member of the India squad that lifted the 2018 U-19 Asia Cup, in the same tournament he was also the highest run-getter and the player of the tournament.
Born to a shopkeeper in Uttar Pradesh, Yashasvi came to the ‘City of Dreams’ Mumbai when he was only 11-years-old. His dream was always to become a cricketer.
“When I came here (Mumbai) with my father, I used to visit Azad Maidan. I loved playing cricket there. I started practising at Azad Maidan but my father said: Let’s go back home (Uttar Pradesh). But I said: I will stay here and play for Mumbai,” Yashasvi disclosed in an interview with ICC.
The teenager would sleep in a tent beside the Muslim United Sports Club ground for over 3 years. While he used to do odd jobs such as selling Pani puri or fruits in the day, Yashasvi would play cricket in the evening to fuel his dream.
“I love cricket and playing the sport gives me immense joy and pleasure. I used to watch Sachin Sir bat and from that time onwards, I wanted to be in Mumbai and represent Mumbai,” he said.
With a life story so intriguing, is a star born?