From selling paani puris to being signed by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 Cr, the incredible story of cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal

Seventeen-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal, who played a scintillating inning for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament has been signed on by Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming IPL.

His is a rags-to-riches story, that began with selling paani puris for a living to now being signed by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 2.4 crore, for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.Seventeen-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal shot into the limelight when he scored 564 runs for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In this league, his standout performance was a 203 knock out off 154 balls, in which he hit 12 sixes and 17 fours.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (Image: Free Press Journal)

Speaking to ANI after his son was signed by Rajasthan Royals for the IPL, Yashasvi's father, Bhupendra Jaiswal, said,

“His hard work is paying off. I hope that he will perform well in the IPL and would get a chance in the Indian side. I am extremely happy. It is not about money. It is about the hard work that he has done. He is making us proud and I pray to God that he will do well in the upcoming U-19 World Cup and bring the coveted trophy to the country.”

With the recent innings, he has become the youngest batsman to score a double century in List A cricket. According to Cricbuzz, the 17-year-old had a base price of Rs 20 lakhs.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have the privilege like some others to receive proper coaching at a young age. He had come to Mumbai from his village, Bhadhohi in Uttar Pradesh, and was living in a tent adjacent to the Muslim United SC ground at Azad Maidan.

Things took a successful turn when his mentor cum coach Jwala Singh took him under his wings. Following his success, dairy brand Amul even honoured him with a doodle for his breakthrough.

Yashasvi will be travelling to play for India in Under 19 World Cup in South Africa, which will commence on January 17, 2020.

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