ONE SOLD pani-puris out and about in the relatively recent past, the other went to a renowned cricket foundation. On Tuesday, the lives of these two adolescents merged on a cricket pitch more than 7,000 km from their homes in Mumbai. The outcome: India beat Pakistan by 10 wickets to enter the last of the Under-19 World Cup at Potchefstroom in South Africa.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (105 not out) and Divyansh Saxena (59 not out) did what needs to be done with 14.4 overs to save after India’s bowlers set it up by destroying Pakistan for 172. Jaiswal did his bit with the ball as well, prising out adversary opener Haider Ali (56).
It was around eight years prior that Jaiswal, the child of a businessperson in UP’s Bhadohi, left home to seek after his cricket dream in Mumbai. He started by offering a tent to the ground staff at the Azad Maidan and selling pani-puris. Around a similar time, Saxena persuaded his dad, an atomic researcher, that his energy was cricket and arrived up at previous India chief Dilip Vengsarkar’s institute looking for direction.
“Divyansh was acceptable in scholastics, scoring around 80% in Class 10 and going with unique excellence in Class 12. Be that as it may, as a parent, I generally gave my youngsters the freedom to choose their own future. There was no appropriate practice office where we lived at that point, so he chose to join Vengsarkar’s foundation,” said Divyansh’s dad, Ajay Saxena, who works at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC).
Ajay says he doesn’t talk much in the workplace about his child playing for India. “I didn’t address Divyansh either throughout the previous two days as we would not like to upset him. He has been revealing to us that he will get back home with the Cup. At the point when he was batting today, there were many goose-knock minutes for me. Most likely, they will converse with me about this tomorrow at the workplace,” said Ajay Saxena, chuckling.
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When Saxena was honing his batting abilities, Jaiswal would frequently rest on an unfilled stomach. At times, his dad would send cash yet that was rarely enough. Prior to getting onto the trip to South Africa, his partners shared a giggle about the various bats he was conveying — seven. “Individuals have chuckled at me since I was little. They don’t have the foggiest idea about the significance of these bats. I know,” he had said.
Back in Bhadohi, Jaiswal’s dad Bhupendra is excited about his child’s heroics against Pakistan. “He made us all pleased today. He was batting splendidly and it wouldn’t have been long until he got a hundred. He has made our chests swell with satisfaction,” he said.