Yashasvi Jaiswal’s meteoric rise in Indian cricket continues to captivate fans and pundits alike, with his recent double century against England cementing his status as one of the most promising talents in the country. The left-handed batsman’s journey to success has been anything but easy, marked by perseverance and determination.
Hailing from a humble background, Jaiswal’s early struggles didn’t deter his ambition. Dilip Vengsarkar, a legendary figure in Indian cricket and a mentor to Jaiswal, reminisced about the young prodigy’s exceptional talent during his formative years. Recalling a trip to England when Jaiswal was just 14 or 15 years old, Vengsarkar highlighted the youngster’s consistent performances in challenging conditions.
“I had taken him to England when he was 14 or 15 years of age, and as we all know, he comes from a very humble background. In England, he scored in every match and we could see the hunger in him. I knew this kid would go places with the talent he possessed,” Dilip Vengsarkar shared with RevSportz.
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Jaiswal’s impressive displays at the Under-19 level, including a stellar performance in the World Cup, caught the attention of IPL franchises, leading to his selection by the Rajasthan Royals. Vengsarkar expressed his delight at Jaiswal’s progress, highlighting his recent appointment as the captain of Dadar Union, a significant milestone in his burgeoning career.
In the recent Test against England in Visakhapatnam, Jaiswal’s maturity and composure were on full display as he anchored the Indian innings with a sublime double century. Despite the fluctuating fortunes at the other end, Jaiswal remained unfazed, showcasing a blend of discipline and controlled aggression. His innings, studded with 19 fours and 7 sixes, propelled him to become the third youngest Indian to achieve the milestone of a double century in Test cricket.
Looking ahead, Vengsarkar identified other promising talents in Indian domestic cricket, singling out Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan for praise. He emphasized the importance of providing opportunities to players in top form, urging the management to make timely selections to nurture the talent pool effectively.
“There are a lot of good players all around. I think [Rajat] Patidar is good and I watched him play around four years ago. However, he did not get an opportunity back then. Sarfaraz [Khan] is good as well, but he also has not gotten the opportunity at the right time,” Dilip Vengsarkar remarked, underlining the significance of strategic player management.