YashasviJaiswal,theirformerIndiaU-19teammate,isalreadybeingtalkedupasthenextbigthingafterbecomingtheyoungestdoublecenturioninListAcricketfortheformidableMumbai.

MeetRajasthanRoyals’freshbatchofU-19s,starryeyed,dreamstoaccomplishandwaitingfortheir”RockstarRavindraJadeja”momentlikeithappened12yearsagowithIndia’sfirstchoiceall-rounderacrossformats.

AllthreewereintegralpartofIndiaU-19teamthatlostthe2020WorldCupfinaltoBangladeshbutforthetroika,theirjourneybeganevenbeforethatwhenRoyalspickedthemfromtheIPLauction.

TalktoTyagi,herecallshowRainafeltthattheraw17year-oldwasgoodenoughtoplayRanjiTrophyandtheUPskipperhadsupportfromteam’sseniorbowlerPraveenKumar.

“Rainabhaiyyakajoyogdaanrahahain,humkabhibhulanahipayenge.IhadplayedU-16swhenIwastoldtojoinRanjiTrophycamp.RainabhaiyyasawmeafewdaysandaskedselectorstoputmeinRanjiTrophyteam,”theright-armpacerTyagi,whomadeanameforhimselfwithcrushingyorkersattheU-19WorldCup,said.

“ImustalsomentionhowPKbhai(Praveen’snickname)alsosupportedme.

DuringthatmatchagainstRailways,Rainabhaiyyastoodatmid-offandPKbhaiatmid-onjusttoguidemeandensureIdon’tsufferfromnerves,”saidTyagi,whohaddecentfiguresof1for25from15overs.

ForAkash,whoisaleft-armseamer,achancetobeJaydevUnadkat’sunderstudyisthebestperkofthisRoyalsdeal.

HeknowsthatUnadkatwillbethefirstchoicebuthewantstobethatspongethatsoaksinanyinformationthatwillbepassedonbytheSaurashtraleft-armer,knownforgettingbankbreakingdealsattheIPLauction.

“IamluckythatIhaveJDbhaiinmyteam.Iwouldtakethisinapositivemanner(thathemaynotbefirstchoice).Alsofromaseniorcricketer,youlearnaboutoffthefieldstuffofhowtocarryyourselfandthisisourtimetolearn,”Singhsaid.

Themosteloquentofthethree,Yashasvi,aproductofBombayschoolofbatsmanshipaswellasgrooming,spokeabouttheprocess.

“Ididmyfitnessdrills,maintainedmydietandeverythingthatourcoachingstaffatRoyalstoldme.Ididalotofmeditationduringlockdown.

“Thefocuswillalwaysbeontheprocessandifyourprocessiscorrect,noonecanstopyoufromgiving100percentonthefield,”saidYashaasvi,thehighestscorerofU-19WorldCup,whoenjoysastaggeringlistAaverageof70plusafter13games.

BothTyagiandYashasvihavetheirquestionnairereadyandwhenSteveSmithandJofraArcherlandinDubai,theycanbeallbutcertainthattheirbrainswillbepicked.

“Weareallgoingthroughanentiregamutofemotions.IonlysawtheseplayersonTVandnowIwillplayalongsidethem.It’sindeedagreatfeeling,”theexcitementinhisvoicewaspalpable.

“JofraArcheristhebestintheworldbutit’snotonethingIwanttolearnfromJofra.TherearemanythingstolearnfromhimandIwouldliketopickhisbrainsonallaspectsoffastbowling,”Tyagisaid.

ForYashasvi,itisverydifficulttoapeSmith’stechniquebutobviouslyhowtheformerAustralianskipperconstructsaninningsunderpressurecouldbeaneducationfortheleft-handedopener.

“Hehasverydifferenttechniqueanditishisindividualone.Iwouldliketoleanalotaboutmindsetastohowheplansaninningsindifficultcircumstances,howhethinksabouthisgame,”Yashasvisaid.

Talkaboutpressure,Akashsaidthat”RahulDravidsir’stips”receivedduringU-19daysislikegospelforhim.

“RahulsirwouldalwaysemphasiseonhowIcanimproveandspeaksabouthowtokeepapositivemindset.Hefocusesalotonmentalmake-upandIcanfeelthatinlastsixmonths,Ihavebecomementallystronger.

“SowheneverIfeelIamunderpressure,IgobacktowhatRahulsirtellsme,”Akashadded.