Look out for Yashasvi Jaiswal
This week when India beat Pakistan in U19 World Cup 2020 Semi finals, there’s one name that was cheered with highest decibels: Yashasvi Jaiswal.
From selling pani puri in Mumbai to sleeping in tents on stadiums, Jaiswal has come a long way. Born in the Bhadohi district in Uttar Pradesh, Jaiswal moved to Mumbai in order to have a better future. For the first three years, in order to survive, he had to sell pani puris and sleep in a tent in Azad Maidan.
After seven years, at the age of 17, he became the youngest player to smash a double-century in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 203 off 154 balls for Mumbai against Jharkhand. He is only the third player to hit a double-hundred in the competition.
And he showed his mettle once again against Pakistan last week. Jaiswal and Divyaansh Saxena helped India gun down the modest target of 173 with 10 wickets to spare after the highest partnership of the 2020 Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. Yashasvi was unbeaten on 105 as he finished off the chase with a massive six as early as the 36th over. Divyansh was not out on 59 as the India openers put on a masterclass game.
India pacers Kartik Tyagi and Sushant Mishra picked up 5 wickets between them while leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi shone to restrict Pakistan to 172. Yashasvi Jaiswal also got the big wicket of Pakistan opener Haider Ali, snapping a fledgling stand with captain Rohail Nazir.