Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes
Yashasvi Jaiswal (Credits: Twitter)

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s rise from rags to riches is a perfect testification of what one can achieve if he has the unrelenting desire and grit towards fulfilling his burning ambitions.

Hailing from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal realized pretty early in his life that if he has to pursue his dream of one day representing the country at the highest level, he will have to move out of his hometown.

Yashavi did just that but the m0ve was fraught with a plethora of difficulties as he did not even have a proper place to find shelter. The youngster, while speaking on ‘Test Match Special at the IPL Podcast’, recalled how he used to work and stay at a dairy shop. He was ultimately kicked out of the place as he couldn’t work after practicing all day.

It was at this time that Yashasvi Jaiswal called his childhood coach, who asked him to stay at his place.

“I was like ‘please let me stay here at least the night’. I was alone at the time; it was a hard moment for me. The next day I called my cricket coach and he said to go to his home so I lived there for two or three months.”

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Yashasvi Jaiswal was finally rewarded for his consistent run-scoring spree with an IPL contract last year

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal(Credits – Twitter)

Jaiswal, however, could not continue at his coach’s residence and soon shifted to a tent where the groundsmen of his cricket club lived. Besides playing cricket, he would sell ‘pani puris’ in order to manage a living.

“I thought it would be good for me to live in a tent near the ground because I could wake up and go to practice, or I could do scoring or umpiring and with that I could help myself with money.”

His hard work ultimately paid off in 2019 when Jaiswal became the youngest double-centurion in List-A cricket after he smashed a rollicking 154-ball 203 runs against Jharkhand in the Vijay-Hazare Trophy. Jaiswal continued his exploits in the 2020 U-19 World Cup, where he emerged as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. The southpaw earned an IPL contract in December 2019 when Rajasthan Royals picked him for USD 340,000. The teenage sensation made his IPL debut against Chennai Super Kings last week.

Yash Mittal

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