Yashasvi Jaiswal, a 17-year-old young Mumbai batsman, used to sell panipuri (golgappa in north India, phuchka in Bengal) for a living, but Thursday’s day brought him great joy in the IPL 2020 auction. The Rajasthan Royals bid Rs 2.40 crore for him in the auction of Indian Premier League players.
Jaiswal is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm spin bowler. When Jaiswal went to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh, he was just 11 years old and had to live in a tent. With this, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a cricketer. Jaiswal is part of the Indian team selected for the Under-19 World Cup to be played in South Africa in January-February. He left the team captain Priyam Garg (Rs 1.90 crore, Sunrisers Hyderabad) in the IPL auction.
Reacting to the bid for him, Yashasvi said, “I am very happy. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn. This is the platform for me to make my name.”
Yashasvi has become the youngest batsman to score a double century in List A cricket by scoring 203 runs in 154 balls with 17 fours and 12 sixes in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 564 runs with the help of three centuries in the season where he averaged 112.80.
Yashasvi Jaiswal is originally from Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh. His family is very poor. His father runs a small shop. He moved to Mumbai to fulfil his dreams. But there was no place for him to stay here. Yashasvi has an uncle whose house in Mumbai was not big enough to accommodate him with the family. He found work in a dairy shop. Simultaneously, he also played cricket.
Yashasvi’s fortune turned after meeting Jwala Singh, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh, too. Singh understood the pain of Yashasvi. He guided them. In due course, Yashasvi shone in local cricket and his fate changed.