His teammates describe him as the 'life' of the Madras University cricket team but Jayachandran's joyful exterior often bellies his daily struggle. Jayachandran is the driving force of the Chennai team as they head into Toyota University Cricket Championship, which begins on February 23.
His boyish features masks his tough upbringing that involved an auto rickshaw, a dilapidated house and difficult living conditions. A son of an auto-driver, Jayachandran - by his own admission - has survived solely on the love for the game of cricket.
His father speaks with pride of his son's achievements, and a trophy-filled cabinet at his house is testament to his talents. Jayachandran may be of small means but his big heart speaks volumes of his temperament. "My family has given me everything. Through cricket I have to pay them back," he says with a rather level-head on his young shoulders.
Despite his poor background, the Chennai University product believes in living life to the fullest. This modern day rags-to-riches story is nowhere near completion. But, Jayachandran has every opportunity to shine on the big stage at the Toyota University Cricket Championship.