NEW DELHI: Young sensation
demonstrated remarkable resilience and unwavering passion as he notched up a century on his debut against the West Indies on Day 2 of the first Test in Dominica.
Yashasvi, who was picked as a stand-by player in India’s squad for the World Test Championships final, hit Alick Athanaze for a single to bring up his century in his debut outing in Tests.
Following his splendid century, the jubilant young Mumbai batsman removed his helmet, raising his arms in celebration while relishing the heartfelt applause emanating from the dressing room. Witnessing his incredible milestone, the entire Indian team stood up in recognition, acknowledging his outstanding achievement.
A heartfelt hug from his captain, Rohit Sharma, followed, further cementing the camaraderie among the teammates.
Yashasvi became the third Indian batsman to score a hundred on debut against West Indies. Rohit (177 – Kolkata, 2013) and Prithvi Shaw (134 – Rajkot, 2018) are the other two batsmen.
Yashasvi also became the third Indian batsman to score a century as an opener on Test debut.
Shikhar Dhawan (187 vs Australia, Mohali, 2013) and Prithvi Shaw (134 vs WI, Rajkot, 2018) are the two others in the list.
Yashasvi also became the seventh Indian batsman and the first in 13 years to register a Test century on debut in an away match.
The last Indian player to achieve this feat outside of India was Suresh Raina, who scored a remarkable 120 against Sri Lanka in 2010.
The left-handed opener became the 17th Indian Test debutant to score a hundred. The most recent player to accomplish this feat was Shreyas Iyer, who achieved it in 2021 against New Zealand in Kanpur.
Yashasvi’s incredible journey from a promising batsman to a household name is a testament to his unwavering dedication, relentless hard work, and the constant pursuit of improvement.
The 21-year-old’s story is nothing short of a fairytale.
At the age of 11, Yashasvi left his home in Suriya village, Uttar Pradesh, and embarked on a journey to Mumbai, where he faced numerous challenges.
In the early stages of his career, he lived in tents and had to resort to selling pani puris to sustain himself.
His days were spent at Azad Maidan, where he sought opportunities to hone his skills. Yashasvi’s quintessential rags-to-riches narrative has served as an inspiration to many aspiring athletes.
In the IPL 2023, the left-handed batsman made a significant impact, emerging as the tournament’s fifth-highest run-scorer. He was also the highest run-getter for Rajasthan Royals.
He played 14 matches in the IPL 2023 and scored an impressive total of 625 runs at an average of 48.08, including one century and five fifties. This achievement further solidified Yashasvi’s reputation as a rising star in the cricketing world.