Yashasvi Jaiswal is keen not to be distracted by the amount Rajasthan Royals paid him as he feels IPL 2020 will be a great platform to make an impression. Yashasvi Jaiswal remembers watching an IPL game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) a few years ago at the Wankhede Stadium.
For the first time, he watched legends like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma play under lights, and it has got embedded in his mind. The 18-year-old is billed as one of the future stars, can also be in the spotlight as he prepares to make his debut in IPL, which starts in the UAE on Saturday (September 19).
Yashasvi Jaiswal Says It Is Challenging But Big Deal For A Youngster To Play Against World’s Best Batsmen In IPL
In October 2019, the India U-19 batsman, playing for Mumbai, became the youngest in the world to score a double century in List-A cricket. The left-handed batsman was bought by inaugural IPL 2008 winners Rajasthan Royals, a franchise known to give youngsters a launchpad.
“It’s an away IPL and due to Covid it’s going to be a challenge. I’ve been preparing hard at the nets with seniors like Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson. I’m excited to be part of the Rajasthan team in my first IPL.” he said in a chat from Dubai.
RR bought the top-order batsman for ₹2.4 crores in the auctions after his fine efforts in India’s run to the final of the U-19 World Cup early this year.
“It would be great to play against Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Dhoni. We can only learn from such big cricketers and get inspired. It is a big deal for me,” said Yashasvi Jaiswal, who is from a humble background.
Hailing from Bhadohi village in Uttar Pradesh, Yashasvi Jaiswal moved to Mumbai as a 10-year-old chasing his cricket dream. The poor boy worked in a dairy, stayed in the tent of the Muslim United Club groundsmen at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan and even sold roadside panipuri for a meagre income.
This didn’t stop him from scoring plenty of runs to come into the reckoning for the Indian junior team. At the U-19 World Cup where India lost in the final, he scored 400 runs, including a match-winning century in the semi-final against Pakistan.
Yashasvi Jaiswal Recalls Early Days When He Worked Hard For A Livelihood
Yashasvi Jaiswal recalled his early days in Mumbai where he toiled hard to earn his livelihood.
“It was tough to stay in tents and work hard to get access to even basic amenities. Luckily, I got help and guidance from my coach Jwala Singh sir through the difficult times. The last few years have been very good; I’ve played for Mumbai and for India (in U-19 World Cup). It’s been an enriching experience to represent my country and play first-class cricket for Mumbai.”
With no matches involving Indian cricketers since March due to lock-downs imposed because of COVID-19 pandemic, IPL 2020 will be a great platform to make an impression. Yashasvi Jaiswal is keen not to be distracted by the handsome amount RR paid for him in the auctions.
“The price tag doesn’t really matter to me at this stage of my career. I just want to focus on playing, learn from my senior players, and develop my game and to take it to the next level.”
The India U-19 team has been a tested route to success for many, including young batsmen Shubman Gill who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders and Prithvi Shaw who plays for Delhi Capitals in IPL.
“Lot of cricketers who played at U-19 level have gone on to play for India. It is a dream to represent India, but for now I’m just focusing on IPL, contributing and making a mark,” said the Tendulkar fan.
He was the leading run-scorer in Under-19 World Cup 2020 with 400 runs in six matches averaging a staggering 133.33. He hit the maximum boundaries-39 fours and 10 sixes and scored four fifties besides a solitary ton.