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IPL 2020: 17-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal's journey from rags to riches

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 December 2019, 16:37 IST
Yashasvi Jaiswal

Following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction on Thursday. Although the teams appeared to have trusted the foreign cricketers more than the domestic players, they also have put their money into budding talants. And one of the example is Rajasthan Royals 17-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was bought for Rs 2.4 crore. Yashasvi has also been picked for the U19 World Cup, slated to take place next year.

Yashasvi Jaiswal first came to limelight in 2015. during the Giles Shield Cricket Tournament, the youngster knocked a sublime triple century and also scalped 13 wickets for his team. The highest score and the highest wickets by a player in a school level competition.

Moreover, the 17-year-old also furnished a 154 ball 203 run innings in 2019 during the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in doing so, he became the youngest Indian to knock a double ton in List A cricket.

Yashasvi was born in a lower middle class family in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi, Yashasvi also wanted to be a cricketer since his early life. To make his dream come true, he migrated to Mumbai as an 11-year-old, but didn’t get a proper accomodation.

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In an interview, the 17-year-old admitted that he migrated to Mumbai wanting to build a career. He lived in a tent where there was no electricity, water or toilet. He did not even have money to spend either. He then started selling Pani Puri to make a living. He would play cricket in the morning and then sell panu puri in the evening.

Yashavi’s childhood coach Jwala Singh has been a big fan of the youngster. As a matter of fact, Jalwa, spotted him bat when the youngster was an 11-year-old kid. Someone then told Jalwa about his privations that the bor was facing.

Jalwa then decided to coach the kid and he is sure that in last three years, Yashasvi has knocked almost 51 centuries across all tournaments that he has played in. He has also scalped more than 300 wickets. Even though Rajasthan Royals has bought him for 2.4 crore, his coach asserts that it is only the begining.

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First published: 20 December 2019, 16:37 IST