India’s upcoming fast bowler Kartik Tyagi has admitted that he was scared when he hit Will Pucovski in the head during the practice game ahead of the Border Gavaskar Series. Pucovski did not continue with the bat in the remainder of the innings and had to sit out of the first two tests due to a concussion. Pucovski impressed with the bat in his test debut at Sydney and he will be a player for the future.
Kartik Tyagi who was picked as a net bowler for the Australia Tests was one of the two players who dint feature in any of the Tests in the tour. The 20-year old who was a star in the U19 world cup for India was impressive for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2020 IPL and he is certainly a force to reckon with the future with his good pace and bounce of the wicket. He can swing the ball and his bouncers have been pretty effective everywhere he has played.
Bowling To Virat Kohli Was Particularly Challenging – Kartik Tyagi
Kartik Tyagi revealed about the net sessions in Australia and told he was advised by Jasprit Bumrah and Bharat Arun on how to bowl to a specific batsman. He explained the challenge against Virat Kohli being his toughest and Kohli likes to dominate the bowlers in the sessions. He told about his best company on the nets being Wriddhiman Saha and revealed that Saha has a lot of humour in himself which was surprising news to all the cricket fans.
“The first thing that struck me at the nets was the discipline and the intensity of the sessions. Every player knew his skills and what they need to do. Even though I was a net bowler, Bharat Arun and Jasprit Bumrah kept coming to me and advised me how to bowl against a particular batsman, and making the margin of error less. Bowling to Virat Kohli was particularly challenging. He takes the practice sessions as a task. He likes to dominate the bowlers there too,” said Kartik Tyagi.
“Off the field, there was not much to do in IPL apart from spending time with teammates within the hotel as part of the rule but in Australia, we could go out. Wriddhiman Saha was a great company for me. He is quite senior and from the outside it might seem he is a very serious, but off the field his sense of humour becomes clear,” said Tyagi.
Kartik Tyagi Privileged To Be Part Of The Tour
Kartik Tyagi was particular in mentioning the incident when he hit Will Pucovski during the practice game and Mayank Agarwal during the nets where he feared a lot about the condition. He also told that he never felt that he could have made the debut when so many were injured and told that it was an honour to be part of the tour rather than watching from home.
“I hit Will Pucovski on the helmet during a warm-up game ahead of the first Test and then hit Mayank Agarwal again in the nets. I was quite scared on both occasions to be honest as already so many players were getting ruled out during the series. Thankfully, nothing major happened to both of them,” Tyagi added.
“Frankly, it never came across my mind that I could have also made my debut with so many injuries happening. That’s not the right attitude. I was just happy to be watching the Test series live in person while most of the world was watching it on TV,” added Tyagi.
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Fingers crossed for Will Pucovksi, who's retired hurt after this nasty blow to the helmet.
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Kartik Tyagi will be looking to break into the Indian test team with impressive performances in the domestic circuit.