Priyam Garg, the Uttar Pradesh batsman, will lead India during the Under-19 World Cup that will take place in South Africa in January-February 2020. Ever since the announcement, Priyam Garg became the talk of the town. Meanwhile, we came up with all the details you need to know about the young cricketer.
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Garg led the Indian junior side during the tri-series in England in August this year, with his team emerging victorious in the tournament. He was among the top five run-getters in that series along with Divyaansh Saxena and Yashasvi Jaiswal – the opening duo who’re among crucial members in the World Cup squad.
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Alongside Priyam Garg, Dhruv Chand Jurel had been named as the vice-captain, who will also handle the wicketkeeping duties. Kumal Kushagra is the other wicketkeeper in the squad.
His run-making spree at the U-14s and U-16s brought him into the reckoning of the Indian U-19 team in 2018. He also came very close to making it to the World Cup squad but unfortunately, a poor run before the mega event diminished his hopes. But that didn’t deter the youngster, who went back to his routine of scoring runs and got picked for the Ranji Trophy followed by the various U19 teams.
My father did most of the hard work – Priyam Garg
Meanwhile, speaking to Indian Express, Priyam Garg narrated the story of him and the sacrifices made by his father to join him in the best cricket academy. Further, the flamboyant batsman revealed his tragic past and the hard struggles he went through to become successful in his career.
“My father did most of the hard work; he did all the odd jobs that you can imagine… selling milk, driving school vans, loading goods, he ensured that I got a good life. He went through all that just to see me become a cricketer one day. He took me to Meerut and made sure that I got into a decent academy,” said Priyam.
“I was too small to understand what was happening, but as I grew up, there was a big hole, which has never been filled. My father and sisters took care of me; my father sacrificed a lot for me,” he revealed.
Highlights of Garg’s career so far:
Selected to play for Uttar Pradesh’s U-14 side as well as the U-16 and U-19 teams.
He sharpened his skills in the same academy where Praveen Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar did.
Garg scored mountainous 800-plus runs in his debut Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season for Uttar Pradesh. He scored a century in his debut game against Goa.
Made debut for Uttar Pradesh in 2018 at the Vijay Hazare Trophy
In 15 List A matches in his career so far, Garg has 539 runs with one century.