The inspirational story of Yashasvi Jaiswal: from selling pani puri to IPL’s fastest 50

May 12, 2023

By: Sourabh Jain

Yashasvi Jaiswal

The story of 21-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal is truly inspiring. Coming from a humble background, Jaiswal has now become one of the key players of Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing IPL 2023.

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Jaiswal came to Mumbai when he was 10

Jaiswal, the son of a small shopkeeper in Suriyawan, Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, moved to Mumbai at the age of 10 to become a cricketer after his seniors advised him.

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Kicked out of a dairy shop

Jaiswal’s uncle put him up at a dairy shop, where we worked in the morning and were allowed to stay. As he could not work in the evening after cricket practice, the owner kicked him out.

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Azad Maidan

Jaiswal then went to Azad Maidan, where he got shelter in a Muslim United Sports Club tent run by Imran sir.

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Tent without any facilities

Jaiswal struggled a lot in the tent as it did not have electricity or a bathroom and was often beaten by others. He was also forced to cook food by other members and was threatened that he would be unable to eat if he didn’t cook.

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Sold pani puri at night outside Azad Maidan

Jaiswal used to sell pani puri outside Azad Maidan to earn money at night.

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Played matches to survive

Jaiswal played matches at the club to earn money or get a day’s meal. He depended on this for his survival.

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Coach Jwala Singh

Jaiswal’s life changed when he found his coach Jwala Singh in December 2013. He took responsibility for Jaiswal after meeting him and his father.

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Under-19 World Cup

Jaiswal’s fortunes turned when he was selected for the under-19 World Cup in 2020. He became the top scorer of the series after scoring 400 runs and was awarded the player of the series.

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Rajasthan Royals

Jaiswal debuted in IPL for Rajasthan Royals in 2020 after the team acquired him for ₹2.4 crore in the auction. In the 2023 auction, the team retained Jaiswal for ₹4 crore.

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Fastest IPL fifty

Jaiswal took the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling line-up to the cleaners, scoring the fastest fifty in IPL history in 13 balls. He went on to score 98 runs, not out in 47 balls.

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