Yashasvi Jaiswal’s rise from maidan of Mumbai to score centuries for India is a story in itself. The young Indian, who made his Test debut for India last August against the West Indies, scored a double century last week in the second Test against England and looks on course to cement his place as an opener alongside Rohit Sharma . Several people have played a role in Jaiswal’s career: his father, his coach, but the first signs of ambition in him were noticed by none other than the legendary Dilip Vengsarkar.
The former BCCI chairman of selectors shared the story of how he took Jaiswal abroad during his teenage years, where he flourished racking up runs and showing his immense potential. From there, Jaiswal’s career took off. In 2020, he was the highest run-getter in the U-19 World Cup, in which India finished runners-up. With a series of impressive performances under his belt, Rajasthan Royal identified the potential in him and signed him to a contract and last year he repaid that faith by scoring 625 runs for them.
“I took him to England when he was 14 or 15 and, as we all know, he comes from a very humble background. In England he scored in every game and we could see the hunger in him. I knew it. This boy would go places with the talent which he possessed. He then went on to play for India Under-19 and scored many runs in the World Cup which furthered his cause by being picked by the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. I am happy for him and now he is also the captain of the Dadar Union, where I played for 25 years,” Vengsarkar told RevSportz.
Vengsarkar still has a keen eye for talent
Vengsarkar is not new to talent spotting. In the mid-2000s, it was he who realized what a young Virat Kohli was capable of… and the rest, as they say, is history. Having discovered a host of young talents who have played for India, Vengsarkar’s penchant is timeless. Even today, he possesses a keen eye for spotting special young talent, as evidenced by his belief in the potential of Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan, whom he identifies as the latest prospects destined for success.
“There are a lot of good players everywhere. I think (Rajat) Patidar is good and I saw him play about four years ago. However, he didn’t get any chance back then. Sarfaraz (Khan) is also good, but he hasn’t had the chance either. opportunity at the right time. I think the timing has to be precise in these situations – giving opportunities to these youngsters when they are in great form. If you miss that time, then the player might lose his form, interest or aptitude,” Vengsarkar added.