New Delhi. The story of Yashasvi Jaiswal’s arrival in cricket has also been very difficult like most players. He has not even been for 21 years yet, but is busy overcoming the big challenge found on the cricket field. 10 years ago he came to play Mumbai cricket from Bhadohi district of UP. He didn’t have a house. He lived in tents and ate food only twice. Often he had to live by eating biscuits. When there was no money, he would sell pani-puri at Azad Maidan. Recalling his days of struggle, he says that his biggest achievement would be to give a comfortable life to his parents and family.
The semi-final matches of Ranji Trophy are starting from tomorrow. In this, Mumbai has to compete with UP. Yashasvi Jaiswal said, “Whatever struggle I have fought, it will stay with me for the rest of my life. I will always get confidence from this. It is not that I am strong with money now, so I will think differently. Talking to Cricinfo, he said that I still think the same and live there. I have not made any extraordinary changes in my life. I know. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get what you want. So I will be like that. I know myself.
Said to cricket – thank you
Yashasvi Jaiswal thanked God and cricket, due to which he could reach here. He performed brilliantly in the Under-19 World Cup and scored more than 400 runs in 6 matches. He was also the highest run scorer. He was also retained by Rajasthan Royals before IPL 2022. This right-handed opener batsman, who landed as an opener with Jos Buttler, said that it was wonderful to bat with him. We used to talk a lot outside the field. To me he would tell me the simple and clear things that I need to do. I learned a lot from him.
Played only 2 Ranji matches from Mumbai
Yashasvi Jaiswal has played only 2 Ranji Trophy matches for Mumbai in 3 years so far. Recently, he scored an aggressive 103 in the second innings against Uttarakhand. He says that it felt good once again to be back in the dressing room of Mumbai. He did well in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament in Bangalore 3 years ago. He became the youngest player to score a double century and scored 564 runs in 6 innings at an average of 113. After this the Under-19 World Cup. But after returning from South Africa, where India was the runner-up, things became difficult due to Kovid-19.
whole routine changed
He told that during this I did not do anything. Khata and Sata at home. My whole routine had changed. I sleep in the morning and wake up at night. When cricket resumed with the IPL in September, it was difficult for Yashasvi. He scored 40 runs in 3 matches and his strike rate was also less than 100. He told that I had not played for 7-8 months. I had a shoulder injury and didn’t practice much even during the lockdown. Then suddenly playing a big tournament was not easy.
Great comeback in 2022
He said that I think wherever you play, whatever the format. You need some time to understand. But he made a comeback in IPL 2022 and scored 258 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 132. They are excited about the Ranji Trophy and hope that the Mumbai team will be able to win the title for the 42nd time. He was last champion in 2015-16.
The special thing about Mumbai – runs have to be scored
He said that you have to keep scoring runs, that is the special thing with Mumbai cricket. That’s why I’m so tough mentally, because I know I have to be on my toes all the time. Yashasvi said that I think the Ranji match against Uttarakhand was very important for me. I got a chance to play after 3 matches. When I played in IPL. I played 3 games, then I was dropped for 7 matches. Then I came back and started playing. Same goes for Ranji Trophy as I was out in 3 league matches.
He told that against Uttarakhand I was playing well in the first innings, but got out after playing a bad shot. He had scored 35 runs. I thank the Mumbai team. He showed confidence in me and gave me a chance to keep playing. The team believes in me. He told that I never doubted myself. He was talking about the time when he was not playing during IPL 2022. He told that I kept believing in myself and kept believing that I would do it. This was the best thing. I think I am very strong mentally. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will believe in you.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 13, 2022, 18:52 IST