The Jodhpur left-handed batsman Shubham Garhwal has said that seeing legendary Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh perform incredibly well in the Cricket World Cup 2011 inspired him to become a cricketer.
Shubham Garhwal was bought by winners of the inaugural edition of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals (RR), at the Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru for INR 20 lakh.
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Meanwhile, Garhwal has said that seeing Yuvraj’s power-hitting skills in the quarter-final of the 2011 World Cup against Australia motivated him and changed his life for good.
“I was really young back then, playing gully cricket in my hometown of Jodhpur and couldn’t even hold the bat with the correct grip. But seeing Yuvraj Singh have a wonderful tournament in 2011 really inspired me,” Garhwal, who checked in at the team’s pre-tournament camp in Nagpur, was quoted as saying in a release.
“I am also a left-hander so I used to love how he could hit the ball so effortlessly. I think that was a period which really changed my life for the good,” stated 26-year-old Garhwal as quoted by TOI.
I am really looking forward to working with Sanga Sir – Shubham Garhwal
Shubham said that being a part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the cash-rich league is the biggest moment of his life. He added that he is excited to work with legendary Sri Lanka batsman and Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara.
“I take a lot of pride in representing the Royals. I am from Rajasthan myself and it’s the biggest moment of my life. The happiness that I’ve seen on my parents’ faces is something that inspires me to give my all for the team.”
“I am really looking forward to working with Sanga Sir as well. He’s been one of the greatest left-handers in the sport, and I’m sure his advice will take my game to the next level,” stated an excited Garhwal.
The 26-year-old said that he had performed well during the trials at the Royals High-Performance Centre in Nagpur but wasn’t expecting to get picked in the auction.
“I felt like I was in good touch during the trials but still with so many players up for sale in the auction, I wasn’t very confident that I would get picked. When I was bought, I was over the moon, I couldn’t believe it,” said Garhwal.
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