For three years, he lived with groundsmen in the Muslim United Club’s tent at the Azad Maidan ground in Mumbai. He had to, after he was thrown out of a dairy shop where he used to sleep.
Not long ago, Jaiswal found himself in a unique living situation while pursuing his cricketing dreams. Upon arriving in Mumbai from his hometown of Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, he sought cricket coaching at the Azad Maidan.
However, due to being evicted from the shop he was working at in the Kalbadevi neighbourhood, Jaiswal resided in a tent alongside the groundsmen at the Maidan.
To make ends meet, he even took up selling pani puri. Reflecting on his journey, Jaiswal expressed that these experiences have left an indelible mark on his life. He shared these sentiments ahead of last year’s Ranji Trophy semi-finals between Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh.
Jaiswal’s exceptional talent caught the attention of coach Jwala Singh, based in Santacruz, who became his mentor and offered him a place to reside. It didn’t take long for Jaiswal to make waves with his batting prowess.
His breakthrough moment arrived in 2015 during a Giles Shield match, where he amassed an unbeaten 319 runs and claimed figures of 13/99, setting a remarkable all-round record in school cricket that was acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records.
This outstanding performance earned him a spot in the Mumbai U16 squad, and he later progressed to the U19 squad. Jaiswal’s consistent performances led to his selection in the Indian U19 team, where he emerged as the leading run-scorer and was named the player of the tournament in the 2018 U19 Asia Cup.
Subsequently, he made his senior debut in first-class cricket for Mumbai during the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy season.