There was a young boy belonging to a small town Bhadohi in UP. He moved to Mumbai with his father when he was just 11. He started playing cricket at Azad Maidan, but in the evening, he would sell pani puri (an Indian snack) to make ends meet to his very teammates whom he played with earlier during the day.
Six years later, the youngster, now 17, walked into cricketing record books as the youngest to smash a double-century in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Meet Yashasvi Jaiswal who scripted this fairy tale into reality. Playing for Mumbai, Yashasvi cracked 203 off 154 balls against Jharkhand. He became just the third player to hit a double ton in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Yashasvi ended the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 564 runs at an average of 112.80 with 3 tons and 1 fifty in 6 innings.
He told a leading cricket website that he was interested only in cricket from an early age. His father moved back to Bhadohi to manage his hardware shop there but Yashasvi stayed back with his uncle in Mumbai.
As his uncle’s house wasn’t big enough to stay there for long, Yashasvi moved to the tent where the groundsmen who prepared the pitches in Azad Maidan stayed. He has to cook his own food there.
But he has to earn his living. He started selling pani puris at Azad Maidan itself and would earn some money besides taking odd jobs to sustain himself.
Yashasvi says it was embarrassing to sell pani puris to his own friends and teammates who would turn up in the evening after playing cricket together earlier in the day. He said his friends still tease him despite he has made it to the Mumbai team.
He was studying in a school near to Azad Maidan that had kids who were more interested in cricket than in studies.
Luckily, the turning point in his life came when a coach named Jwala Singh took Yashasvi under his wings. Jwala too had a similar story like Yashasvi, said the record holder.
Jwala gave shelter to Yashasvi in his house and took care of all the teenager’s needs. And that’s why Yashasvi rates Jwala nothing but as god to him.
He says, “He (Jwala) is the reason I have reached here.”
With Yashasvi making heads turn, an IPL contract may not be far off. But Yashasvi says his focus is on the next game and scoring a lot of runs. He said nothing can be more satisfying for his parents than him representing India in cricket.