U-19 World Cup star Yashasvi Jaiswal may be only 18 years old but his maturity goes beyond years; the left-hand batsman understands the importance of approaching life ahead with greater discipline and focus, for he knows that tougher days await him as he now tries to bridge the gap towards senior-level cricket, hoping to regularly turn up for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.
Yashasvi had a fantastic Vijay Hazare Trophy before travelling to Africa but it would be life's travesty if he doesn't go onto become a prolific first-class run-getter despite having such a solid technique at the top of the order.
"I know about myself," Jaiswal told Indian Express. "I don’t have anything to do with the world. I have kept my life simple. Clear. I wake up around 5 am. Sir told me to use the time to talk to myself, understand myself, motivate myself. That’s what I do."
"It’s important that in these times, you spend time on yourself. I don’t waste time thinking about how others should understand me; I have understood myself, that’s more important."
"My fight isn’t with the world. It’s with me. My only bad habit is cold drinks, I plan to leave it now. Too much sugar. I have to get fitter. I do meditation, I have started to give more attention to fitness as its key to succeed," he added.
Jaiswal bagged the "Player-of-the-Tournament" trophy after the World Cup final loss to Bangladesh in Potchefstroom last week for scoring 400 runs in six innings, including four half-centuries and a hundred. The trophy, however, got damaged unfortunately when he comeback from South Africa.
But even though he savoured the award after enjoying such a prolific run, Yashasvi, who can't recollect how it broke into pieces, isn't too disappointed about it either. There are much bigger things in store for him in future.
"This isn’t the first time!" Jaiswal's coach Jwala Singh said. "He cares more about runs, doesn’t fuss too much about trophies."
At a very young age, Jaiswal wants to keep his priorities right. "It is easy to get distracted in this age," he said. "You will become what you think; your thoughts make you. (Jaisa sochoge waise banoge). Some of my team-mates do tell me that I should get on to social media; I don’t see why."
"Since childhood, I was clear in what I wanted to do. I left my home, left all my comfort so that I can reach where I want too. I haven’t reached nowhere near to my dream of playing for India,”
(Inputs from Indian Express)