Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Journey: From Scoring Century in the Morning to Selling Golgappas in the Evening

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Some time ago Yashasvi Jaiswal, 17 year old teenager, became the youngest batsman to reach the milestone of scoring 200 runs (double century) in List A cricket. Ever since then teenager has been raising heads in the Indian Cricket arena. Yashasvi’s latest achievement has been his selection in the Indian Under-19 ODI World Cup.

The Under-19 World Cup will be hosted by South Africa between January and February 2020.

Jaiswal was just 17 years and 292 days old when he scored 203 runs off just 154 balls for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he smashed 17 boundaries and 12 sixes with a strike rate of 131.81. On that very day he came into the selectors’ eyes. If that was not enough to be selected the Under-19 World Cup team then maybe the fact that the young Jaiswal scored 564 run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with an average of 112.80 should suffice.

However, his success did not come easy. It took a lot of hard work and determination for Jaiswal to reach these heights. Yashasvi is a son of a shopkeeper in Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh and he came to Mumbai when he was just 11 years old. His yet to be unveiled life story is still a movie perfect story, he came to Mumbai with a dream of becoming a successful cricketer who can sustain himself and his family, but was soon hit with difficulties with frequent hurdles.

Yashasvi had to live in a tent situated next to the Muslim United Sports Club’s ground for 3 years and do odd jobs like selling fruits and Golgappas (Pani-puri, paani-batasha, or phuckha) just to sustain himself.

In a video uploaded by icc-cricket.com Yashasvi said “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 always wanted to be in Mumbai and represent Mumbai”.

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