The legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has gifted a bat to the Under-19 batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal ahead of the Sri Lanka tour. The U-19 team is all set to tour the Islands. Interestingly, Yashasvi is the roommate of Arjun Tendulkar at the preparatory camp in Bangalore at its National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for the 17-year-old Yashasvi to meet veteran cricketer Tendulkar. Furthermore, receiving a bat from the Master Blaster added a cherry to the cake for the promising youngster.
In fact, Yashasvi has struggled to make his way to the Under-19 level. Yashasvi scored close to 500 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy which helped him in making his place in the Under-19 squad.
It is a dream come true for Yashasvi:
“It was my dream which came true. I got a bit nervous. I could not believe it was him. And I asked him as many questions as I could about my game and he explained with examples. He told me how I could change my thoughts in different situations,” Yashasvi told India Today.
Tendulkar gifted Yashasvi a willow and gave his best wishes to the talented young lad.
Meanwhile, Yashasvi would love to preserve the bat as a souvenir. However, Sachin has advised him to use the same bat on the Sri Lankan tour.
Sachin’s message on the gifted bat read as, “Dear Yashasvi, Enjoy the journey and always give your best.”
Yashasvi revealed that Sachin Tendulkar has asked him to use the bat. Furthermore, Tendulkar’s book was also spotted on Yashasvi’s lap.
“Sachin Sir has told me it will be better for you if you play with this bat. So I will play with it and try to score big,” he says.
Yashasvi has come through the ranks as he belongs to a rural family of Uttar Pradesh.
The youngster added he has done all kinds of jobs to make money and play the gentleman’s game that he loves the most.
“I have done all sorts of odd jobs from scoring, umpiring, getting back lost balls during matches to make some money to eat. Sometimes when I found balls after matches were over, I would sell them to earn money.
Yashasvi would be seen in action in the five One-dayers against Lanka U-19 team, which will be played after two four-day matches. Thus, Yashasvi will like to make the most of his golden opportunity while representing the young guns of Team India.