Star of India’s Under-19 World Cup 2020, Yashasvi Jaiswal was beginning to train for what would have been his maiden IPL stint before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the entire country in lockdown. He was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 crore and considered one of Indian cricket’s brightest prospects, all eyes were expected to be on Jaiswal before the IPL was hit by a roadblock.

With each passing day, chances of the IPL 2020 taking place are getting slimmer, but the same cannot be said about Jaiswal’s hope and determination as continues to keep his ambitions high.

“This is the situation now and I have to deal with it. IPL would be ideal for me but as of now, it is important to remain safe. I want to improve my game, think about the game in these times,” Jaiswal told Sportstar. “I am very motivated. Cricket is my dream and I will keep pursuing it till the day I can. I have many goals. In life, you won’t get what you should get every time.”

Jaiswal first made headlines last year, when making his FC and List A debut, he went on to become the youngest male double-centurion in List A cricket with 203 runs off 154 balls in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Jharkhand. From there he went to South Africa and scored 400 runs from six matches as India reached the final. High on confidence, Jaiswal became part of Royals’ training camp in Nagpur, where the youngster had a wonderful time.

“It was a great feeling to be in the camp. The Royals family really gave me a warm welcome. It was great to meet Zubin Bharucha [the Head of Cricket at Royals]. I had good practice sessions. IPL is all about playing in different conditions and on different wickets. Zubin Sir told me a lot of things,” said Jaiswal.

“I got a good start in U-19 but now, I have to keep working to do even better so that I can play at the higher level. I am doing whatever I can do at home. I am doing my fitness drills, and mentally, I am trying to remain spirited by constantly talking to my coach, Jwala Singh.”