We have already seen a lot of young Indian cricketers displaying their prodigious talent in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL], and Friday night was just another example as the duo of former Indian U-19 skipper Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma stamped their authority against the Chennai Super Kings as they became the youngest pair in the history of the cash-rich league [combined age of 39 years and 335 days] to stitch a 50-run-stand, paving way for SunRisers Hyderabad to post 5-164 in 20 overs.
Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma had come together at a time when SunRisers Hyderabad had lost back-t0-back wickets in the form of skipper David Warner and former captain Kane Williamson. While Warner was undone thanks to a brilliant catch by Faf du Plessis, Kane Williamson got run-out after he went for a non-existent run, only to see Priyam not respond to his call.
Being involved in a run-out of an experienced player like Williamson would have had a demoralizing effect on a young batsman but Priyam Garg displayed his steely temperament and of-course his prodigious talent to the hilt, smashing a whirlwind 26-ball 51 during his 77-run-stand with Sharma [31 off 24 balls].
Sharma took the attack to the CSK bowlers from the outset while Garg got himself in before laying into the fast bowlers. He displayed his full range of strokes in the last few overs, and especially in the over against Sam Curran as he pulled, drove, and cut the all-rounder for three fours and one six to wrestle the momentum back in SRH’s favor.
Garg got a lucky reprieve in the final over after he was caught in the covers on a no-ball by Shardul Thakur. He eventually finished at a 26-ball 51- an innings which included 6 fours and 1 six- as SRH scored 73 runs in the last 5 overs.