If you follow cricket, you must have enjoyed watching Yashasvi Jaiswal at U-19 Asia Cup held in Dhaka. He put up a brilliant show by knocking a blazing 85 off 113 balls and concluding the tournament with an applaud-worthy 318 runs and an average of 79.50.
But do you know about the struggle Yashasvi had to face to make it to the Indian U-19 team? A dream he nurtured since he was 11 years old. This may sound like a story plot from a Bollywood movie, but this is the true account of an achiever who turned his weakness into his strength and let his bat’s sheen do the talking.
Source - Mid-day
As students pursuing long distance education, what are your biggest challenges? What are the everyday struggles you conquer to get closer to your dream?
Here’s the story of a budding cricketing sensation, acknowledged even by the legend Sachin Tendulkar, which will refuel your determination to make it big.
Cut to 2012, Yashasvi was a face in the crowd trying to make ends meet. He came to Mumbai from Bhadohi armed only with a dream to play cricket. Without any place to stay, he found shelter in a tent at Azad Maidan Ground. Yashasvi said that, “Coming from a poor background is an advantage because then you don’t have anything to lose.” However, his determination and big ambition only meant there was a lot to gain. He soon took his stance at the striker’s end ready to prove his mettle.
As students pursuing distance MBA, how often have you thought of turning your weakness into strength? Those seemingly difficult topics are just a mental block waiting for you to overcome with determination and practice.
Despite living in tough conditions, Jaiswal didn’t let anything hamper his cricket practice. He’d often do multiple jobs to support himself, working at a kitchen to make rotis or selling pani puri.
In an interview, Yashasvi confided that he just wanted to play cricket and that too for Mumbai. The turning point for Yashasvi came when Coach Jwala Singh spotted him in the field. Immediately impressed by his skills, Coach Jwala took him under his wing and that was when Yashasvi got the right opening to start his career as a cricketer.
An ideal student in every way, Yashasvi has high regards for his mentor said, "Jwala sir is everything thing to me. I want to make him proud one day.”
A student pursuing distance BBA or MBA may not have the privilege of learning from mentors unlike fulltime students, yet they can aspire to find the right role models in their field and closely follow them to learn and get inspired.
Destined to shine, Yashasvi made it to the Limca Book of Records for registering an unbeaten 319 with his bat while bowling a deadly spell of 13/99 in a school level cricket match.
Since then, there has been no stopping him as in the past 3 years, Yashasvi has knocked 51 centuries and taken over 200 wickets. With such a performance graph, sky is the limit for him.
The left-hander idolizes cricket legends like Virat, Sachin, and Wasim Jaffer and looks forward to making a permanent place in the Indian Cricket team.
Are you inspired by Yashasvi’s amazing feat? How do you plan to use his story of success to plot your own while pursuing a distance education course? All you need is strong determination and a strategy.