From selling panipuri’s to playing for Rajasthan Royals, know how life changed for this 19-year-old Indian cricketer

Yashasvi Jaiswal

The Indian Premier League has changed the lifes of many youngsters. Many talented young cricketers made a name for themselves purely through their determination and hard work. One of them is the 19-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. In 2018, Yashasvi became the youngest cricketer to smash a List-A double hundred at the age of 17. He was the leading run-scorer and the player of the tournament in the 2020 Under-19 World Cup held in South Africa.

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Yashasvi Jaiswal was born on 28 December 2001 in Suriyawan, Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. His father Bhupendra Jaiswal was the owner of a small hardware store. At the age of 10, he moved to Dadar, Mumbai to receive cricket training at Azad Maidan. Jaiswal slept in the tent with the groundsmen at the Maidan. He used to sell panipuri and fruits outside Azad Maidan in Mumbai to earn a livelihood and often slept hungry.

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After living in the tents for three years, Jaiswal’s cricketing talent was spotted by Jwala Singh who ran a cricket academy. He provided him shelter before becoming his legal guardian and obtaining the power of attorney.

In 2020, Jaiswal was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for INR 2.4 crore. Jaiswal only managed to play three games in that season but RR retained him for the next season. Jaiswal did not opportunity this time. Jaiswal managed to score his maiden half century against CSK on 2nd October 2021. He managed to score 249 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 148.21.

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