Priyam Garg – Who Will Lead The Indian Youngsters In ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020
The Uttarpradesh lad, Priyam Garg has been named as the captain of the Indian under-19 team for the upcoming ICC U-19 World Cup in 2020. The tournament will take place in South Africa in January-February 2020. Meanwhile, his UP teammate Dhruv Chand Jurel will play the role of Garg’s deputy in the 15-member squad.
However, this year the duty of the said title has befallen on the young cricketer from UP. Garg has led the Indian junior side during the tri-series in England in August this year, with his side emerging victorious in the tournament.
He is not a name that one has heard many times before but ever his name was pulled out to represent the U-19 team, his face has been flashing throughout the media.
Who is Priyam Garg? Here’s all you need to know about the new U-19 captain
Cricket is a game where you will get many inspiring stories from different players. One such story is of the emerging Uttar Pradesh lad who got his first national cap that too to lead the U-19 team to the similar age World Cup in 2020.
Priyam Garg comes from a background where the only earning man, his father struggled and sacrificed to give him a good life. Priyam, who was once scared of getting hit by the leather ball, travelled 40 km every day from his residence to attend the training. The 19-year-old cricketer described the struggles of his father to see him become the cricketer.
“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.
Priyam idolizes the achievements and struggles of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and dreams to be in line with the likes of Virat Kohli, Mohammad Kaif and Prithvi Shaw. Priyam grew up watching the batting maestro at the nearby showroom as his house didn’t have a tv.
The young skipper lost his mother at the tender age of 11 and ever since then, he has been raised by his father and his sisters.
“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.
However, the cricketer will be buckling up for the World Cup 2020 before travelling to South Africa with the responsibilities of leading a team on his shoulders. Earlier, he has been a part of the Uttar Pradesh U-14, U-16, and U-19. Meanwhile, the young champ honed his skills in the same academy where Praveen Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar went.
Meanwhile, Priyam made his debut in the List-A cricket for Uttar Pradesh in 2018 at the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has played 15 List-A matches till now and has bagged a total of 539 runs along with a century. Priyam will also be seen in action in the quadrangular series in South Africa, where New Zealand and Zimbabwe will be the other two sides after India and the hosts.
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