Yashasvi Jaiswal, the frequent headliner in the under-19 cricket, has been the consistent performer India by marking the big tallies more often than not. His blistering form had helped Indian Under-19 side in lifting the under-19 Asia Cup 2018 as well. Digging into his career beside cricket, Jaiswal has got a story which can be the inspiration for many individuals out there.
The left-handed batsman came to Mumbai when he was aged 11 and didn’t have the home to stay. He used to work at the dairy farm and continued his cricket. With the game taking his time away, he lost his work at Dairy Farm and instead got sacked.
There was no electricity or water facilities – Yashasvi Jaiswal
However, he never left the game and found his living when the groundsmen gave him refuge at the Muslim United Club’s tent at the Azad Maidan ground. Though there was no electricity, water or washrooms near him, he survived with sheer grit.
With the food being the main issue, Yashasvi found a job of making the Rotis to a food vendor near him. Though he couldn’t earn money, he used to get his lunch and dinner at his work. He also used to sell Pani Puri as well.
“I just wanted to play cricket and I want to play for Mumbai. I used to stay in a tent and there were no electricity, washrooms or water facilities there. To make ends meet, I started working with a food vendor. On occasions, my teammates would turn up and I’d serve them. I felt terrible. But it took that in my stride as it was necessary,” Yashasvi Jaiswal told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview.
However, Jaiswal’s life turned when the coach Jwala Singh was left impressed with his game. He took the boy with him when he came to know the struggles of Yashasvi for his living.
“He was 11-12 years old when I first saw him bat. I was immediately impressed by his performance and he was playing against Division A bowlers with ease. Then my friend told me that he was struggling to find a home and he didn’t have a coach here. In the last three years, he has made 51 centuries and has taken 200 wickets,” Jwala Singh said.
All in all, it is the heart-melting story of Yashasvi Jaiswal and surely an inspiration for many youngsters. He already knocked bulk of runs under his kitty and can be the star for India one day.