Mumbai batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal on Wednesday, became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a double hundred in List A cricket. He completed the feat at a tender age of 17. Jaiswal amassed 203 off 154 deliveries against a Jharkhand attack that comprised the likes of Varun Aaron, Anukul Roy and Shahbaz Nadeem. Jaiswal has been in fine form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019, scoring 504 runs in five games with three centuries to his credit.
Jaiswal’s innings comes just a week after Sanju Samson scored the fastest double century in List A cricket. Samson’s innings was also the highest score by a batsman in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019. Jaiswal originally hails from Uttar Pradesh but moved to Mumbai in order to pursue his cricketing career. His father is a shopkeeper in Badohi. Jaiswal's rise to stardom hasn’t been a smooth ride. He was thrown out of a dairy shop where he used to sleep at nights, while he also spent many nights in the tents at the maidans of Mumbai. He is also said to have also sold paani puri for a living. With the help of a local coach Jwala Singh, Jaiswal stayed afloat and made his debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019.
Had obviously heard of Yashasvi Jaiswal. But will be following his progress now. A List 'A' double century is a serious effort!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 16, 2019
Jaiswal 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. His success can be attributed to Jwala Singh, who has also coached another Indian batting prodigy from Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw. Jaiswal's parents gave the power of attorney to Singh, enabling him as his guardian and a man responsible for his decisions. Singh would hope that Jaiswal, like his former pupil Shaw, makes it from the maidans to more headlines.