Yashasvi Jaiswal ready for the desert storm


Life has been a fascinating journey for Yashasvi Jaiswal, from Bhadohi to Dubai. As a young boy, he left his hometown near Varanasi for Mumbai, with cricketing dreams in his eyes.

Life wasn't easy in the city of dreams. He slept in a tent and sold snacks on the streets when he was not clobbering bowlers out of Azad Maidan.

The southpaw batted his way out of those hard times. The next leg of his journey saw him hopping onto the bus that carried the senior Mumbai team. He shone brightly, becoming the world’s youngest player to score a List A double hundred.

That innings against Jharkhand at Bengaluru, and a few others in the Vijay Hazare tournament last year, did not go unnoticed by the IPL franchises. Rajasthan Royals secured his services for ₹2.4 crore, 12 times his base price.

Right decision

Jaiswal showed the Royals were right to be so keen on him at the under-19 World Cup earlier this year in South Africa, the most recent stop in his journey. He smashed 400 runs from six matches at an average of 133.33 to lead the run charts and was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.

There is, understandably, a lot of excitement about what he could do in the IPL.

“I am happy that I am part of Rajasthan Royals, where you feel like part of a family,” the 18-year-old told The Hindu over phone from Dubai. “The seniors are humble; they help me out in the nets and I feel free to chat with them.”

Living in the IPL's bio-secure bubble has been a strange experience, but he has become used to it. “We cannot go outside, but we have enough things to do inside,” he said. Jaiswal is itching to make his IPL debut. “Being part of the IPL is an amazing feeling,” he said. “I have already learnt how different the senior level is from the junior.”

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