Aditya Garhwal, the 19-year old Rajasthan player has taken the world by surprise in the past few days. His mammoth scoring in the Vinoo Mankad U-19 championship is the reason he is getting so much attention. Some are even talking about him as the future of the Indian cricket. But what Aditya feels is that he should not become over confident and lose his focus which is natural for a teenager. At this age, getting success and feeling like on the top of the world is not wrong but he needs to hold on and be patient.

He scored a double hundred Vidharba and 196 against Madhya Pradesh which has made fans call him “Chota Veeru”. However this is what Aditya feels

“I feel it is too early. There have been only a few innings and people have started calling me names and have started me comparing to likes of Virender Sehwag. I’m not even a finger tip of the greats like Viru who have tremendous records in national as well as international cricket. I feel embarrassed and would like to be grounded and not carried away with this,” Aditya told PTI

Aditya feels that he should be more consistent with the bat. He could only manage 60 runs in the last years tournament. It has been a tremeondous transformation for the small boy who idolizes Virat Kohli.

“I have seen ups and downs. I was depressed when I could muster a mere 60 from five innings in the same tournament last year. I want to be more consistent and iron out flaws with the help of my seniors and coaches.”

“I was more aggressive and wanted to score off every ball but I have learnt to wait for loose balls and play on merit. We have to play against Mumbai in Jaipur from 1st to 4th November and take on Hyderabad in away game. It would be a new challenge as there would be more expectations from me,” said Aditya, who has smashed 38 sixes and 68 fours in the competition so far.

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