With 400 runs from 6 games In the U19 World Cup, 18-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal could come good in the 2020 IPL
It has not been the easiest of journeys for 18-year old Yashasvi Jaiswal, but things could change for him in the 2020 IPL.
From living in a tent to scoring a match-winning century against Pakistan in the semifinal, it just seems to be the start of something big for young Jaiswal, who scored 400 runs from 6 matches to emerge as the highest run-getter.
Jaiswal, who struck four fifties and a century in the under-19 tournament had earlier landed a deal with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) for the upcoming 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Mumbai youngster has once again proved his credentials as a future potential star and could prove to be the next big thing in Indian cricket.
It is no big wonder the Royals were ready to invest a sum of Rs 2.40 crore for the young talent in the 2020 IPL auction.
Jaiswal’s eye-catching displays until now are a clear reflection of his talent and the youngster could prove to be a massive swoop for the Royals.
Jaiswal had already shown immense potential prior to the recently concluded World Cup – one of the main reasons Royal’s decided to spill the cash on him despite his inexperience.
He has made use of every opportunity provided and is known to perform in pressure situations, like in the game against Pakistan and Bangladesh in the semi and final respectively.
The young prodigy first came under the radar when he scripted his name in the Limca Book of Records for scoring 319 not out and taking 13/99 in a Giles Shield match, an all-round record in school cricket.
Jaiswal was adjudged the player of the tournament at the 2018 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup, which India eventually won.
However, it was his performances last year which won him national attention. Jaiswal’s stock quickly rose when he became the youngest cricketer to score a double century in a Vijay Hazare Trophy game after he hit 203 off 154 balls for Mumbai against Jharkhand.
The then 17-year old Jaiswal was the third person to achieve that feat and he finished the tournament with a score of 564 runs from six innings, which included 25 sixes and 49 boundaries at an average of over 112.
Moreover, his inclusion into the Rajasthan Royals side could offer them an explosive left-right opening combination alongside the experienced Sanju Samson.
However, it remains to be seen If Jaiswal can live up to the expectations in the IPL like the likes of Virat Kohli, who made it big in the under-19 stages or end up like 2012 under-19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand, who failed to hold on to the limelight.
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