Yashasvi Jaiswal- A story worth reading
The cricket world never fails to amaze us, as it somehow maintain it’s pace going in and out over news. This time the news is around a teenager, the young sportsman, Yashasvi Jaiswal who has taken the internet by storm as his unbeaten century in India’s 10-wicket win in the semifinal against Pakistan made him the top scorer. Yashasvi lasted undefeated on 105 off 113 balls in an innings which include eight fours and four sixes in the ICC U-19 tournament! He took his tally in the tournament to 312 runs and garnered widespread appraisal by the people including the Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who said the Jaiswal is the rising star in the field! However, the boy’s journey is nothing less than incredible, and how he managed to climb up to such a position, his struggles are remarkably worth knowing. This is his story.
The journey of Yashasvi Jaiswal
A dream is something which not just take away our nights but also our mind, it is something that makes men go on no matter what obstacles awaits. The journey of Yashasvi Jaiswal deserves much more stars as the immense period of struggle this boy went through gives us an image of why dream matters. Jaiswal’s will to achieve what he desires to made him do things that not many of us can choose to maybe that’s why even the Pakistan top player Shoaib Akhtar commented:
“Remember my words that Jaiswal is going to go places. He has the power, passion and interest for the game. He will represent the senior team, this is a guarantee.” He also adds that Pakistan should learn from the talent of this young boy.
Yashasvi Jaiswal’s story started when he first came to Mumbai with his father from his hometown in Suriyawan, Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. He loved cricket since childhood and his dream was to someday represent India internationally. Every day he used to visit Azad Maidan, where he practiced day and night polishing his skills. But the harsh living conditions of Mumbai soon forced his father to move back, however Yashasvi stayed. He told his father that he want to stay and keep trying his luck, though his father agreed but the poor man was not able to afford Yashasvi with any monetary money. Thus the young kid was left on his own.
“I took all my stuff and came to Azad Maidan. At that time, a match was happening and Pappu Sir told me that if I performed in that match, there would be a tent for me to stay in. I played that match and performed really well. As a result, I got to live in the tent. But it wasn’t easy for me as there was no light and no toilet,” said Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Limited money meant that he had no means of living a complete life and in order to keep his passion alive he desperately needs to find ways. To earn some money, Yashasvi starting selling panpuri’s on the streets of Mumbai. During the day hours he would practice in the stadium and during night time he worked on his stall. Many a times, Yahsasvi felt embarrassed as his fellow players would often come at his stall to eat, but this job was something extremely crucial for the young player and thus he never backed off. His only focus at the time was CRICKET! And it was this passion, struggle and love for cricket that made Jwala Singh, the coach in the maidan spot the talent and decided to keep him under his wing. On enquiring about Yahsasvi’s financial condition, Jwala asked him to only focus on playing and rest of the things will be handled by himself. In 2019, Jaiswal was selected for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy! This was the first step closer to his dreams and went on creating a record of score a double hundred in List A cricket! However, his selection in the ICC U-19 tournament was a total surprise. The class 10th student, Yashasvi Jaiswal has already been picked by Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League for Rs 2.4 crore!
Born in December 2001, Yashasvi Jaiswal is a living example of resilience and success. His story makes us believe that dreams too have wings which require hard work and trust over the destiny. Being just 19 years old, Yashasvi Jaiswal is creating a history where his name will be forever remembered by the cricket fans. However, how much more does the young talent have in is bit, is still a mystery. The team of The Indianness wishes him luck for many more matches ahead!