'Be The Difference': Yashasvi's Coach Decided To "change It All"

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Jwala Singh saw a similarity of situation and condition in his own life & in the life of young Yashasvi Jaiswal 6 years back and then decided to change it all

Written By Suman Ray | Mumbai | Updated On:

History repeats itself and perhaps is subject to interpretations, but the question, however, is, to change it. So the choice is yours. It is up to you what you do -- whether you chose to witness the same old thing that once happened with you or you strive to bring about a change in someone else's life. Jwala Singh, who once coached Prithvi Shaw, saw a similarity of situation and condition in his own life & in the life of 11-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal six years back and then decided, to change it all.

"I saw Yashasvi at Azad Maidan first batting on a treacherous wicket yet playing well when another level one player was struggling on the same wicket. When I saw him take out his helmet he appeared so small. I asked his age and got to know all about him. How he stays in a tents or anywhere without electricity and clean water. He was leading an extremely difficult life. He told me he just wanted to play cricket. I instantly realised that history was repeating itself. It was my story. I wanted to play for India but could not... came to Mumbai played all junior Cricket got no support from anyone ever," Jwala Singh told Republic TV in a video interview from Mumbai.

So he had to decide whether he allows the same old story to repeat or intervene. "I asked him about his cricket and what all he has done so far and was extremely impressed by what he said. So I told him to show all the certificates and paper cuttings. When he showed me all that I told him to come and meet me. I had decided to look after the child if he had the talent and dedication. Since then he stays with me."

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Yashasvi has seen extreme poverty selling 'panipuri' on the streets, living in tents with unclean water & no electricity and convert these difficult times into his strength to excel in Cricket against all odds.  On Wednesday, October 16, he created history -- by becoming the youngest Indian to score a double century in List A match in domestic cricket. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 203 runs in 154 balls against Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare tournament.  Yashasvi has also represented India at the Under-19 level. He was the highest run-getter at the 2018 ACC U-19 Asia Cup. Jaiswal scored 319 and picked up 13/99 in a Harris Shield game, which resulted in the Limca Book of Records featuring his feat. This is because it is the world record for the most number of runs and wickets in a school cricket match by any player.

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