Jaiswal ( x-Pani puri wala) On his way to Southafrica

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Jaiswal ( x-Pani puri wala) On his way to Southafrica

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IPL contract completes Yashasvi's rags-to-riches story

"The IPL is a very big event, and at my age, it is important to learn from all the senior players and coaches."

He once sold paani puris for a living, but Yashasvi Jaiswal can now afford to distribute paani puris to his entire neighbourhood in Vakola for free after he became Indian cricket's latest teenager to become a crorepati in the player auction for IPL 2020 in Kolkata on Thursday.

Set to leave on Friday with India's Under-19 team for the youth World Cup in South Africa, which begins on January 17, the 17-year-old was tipped to be a hot buy at the auction ever since his sizzling display for Mumbai (564 runs at a staggering average of 112.80 with three hundreds and a fifty) in the Vijay Hazare (one-day) Trophy in September-October. The highlight of the prodigious opener's scintillating performance was a 203-run knock off 154 balls, which contained as many as 12 sixes and 17 fours. He thus became the youngest batsman to hit a double hundred in List A cricket.

On Thursday, even as his base price was just Rs 20 lakh, the Rajasthan Royals snapped up the talented youngster for Rs 2.40 crore. "I'm very happy to be a part of the Rajasthan Royals family. I thank them for giving me this opportunity," Yashavi told TOI on Thursday. "The IPL is a very big event, and at my age, it is important to learn from all the senior players and coaches," added the left-hander.

Jaiswal was bred tough. He came from Bhadhohi in Uttar Pradesh and didn't even have a home in Mumbai and would sleep in a tent adjacent to the Muslim United SC ground at Azad Maidan till his mentor-coach Jwala Singh took him under his wing and became his guardian. So, he knows the cost of distraction can be massive. "The IPL is a great platform for a player like me to showcase my talent. However, it is important for me to stay focused, keep working hard on my skills, and follow the same process which has brought me here," he said.

Unlike other young cricketers of this generation, Yashasvi doesn't fancy buying a new car or a bike with his new IPL riches. For him, life begins and ends with cricket. He has left it to his mentor to take care of his bank details. "Jwala sir looks after me, and he gives me everything I need. So, he will decide what I should do with this money," he said, before elaborating his thoughts on why money doesn't rank high on his priority list. "Money doesn't matter to me at all. It was just important that I get a chance to play in the IPL. Money is a by-product of your success. If you do well in any field, you will get some reward, but for getting a good reward, you need to keep working hard and follow the right processes," he explained.

"I'm very happy for him as all we know that the Rajasthan Royals promote young talented cricketers. The IPL is a place where you can learn so many things from many great players. At this age, he will learn many things. However, he needs to work even more hard now, and keep the same attitude towards the game which he has shown so far, and respect everyone," says Singh.

One is sure that on Thursday evening, Yashasvi's father, who owns a sweet shop back in Bhadohi, wouldn't mind distributing sweets for free!

https://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/111 ... ches-story
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