Priyam Garg has lauded Rahul Dravid for the major role the Indian legend has played in shaping his batting. Rahul Dravid was earlier the U-19 and India A coach before he took over as the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Priyam Garg is among the young lot of cricketers who are lucky enough to have been mentored by Rahul Dravid.
Priyam Garg: Rahul Dravid’s Inputs Were Of Great Help
Captain of the India U19 2020 World Cup, young Priyam Garg led the team to the finals of the tournament. Known to be a gutsy batsman springing up valuable performances in India’s U19 campaign, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 crores. He played 14 games in his debut IPL season in 2020 and scored one half-century.
In an interview with India TV, the 20-year-old acknowledged Rahul Dravid’s contribution to his growth as a cricketer, saying: “Definitely (his inputs were of great help). Rahul Dravid is a very big player and he is also a very good person. He always helps you, whether you are on the field or off it. He always keeps giving suggestions over what is good for you.”
Priyam Garg added that Rahul Dravid’s guidance was all the more significant when he played in overseas conditions.
The youngster revealed: “When I went with him to England and South Africa, he shared his experience with me, which helped me a lot. He explained to me how to deal with the conditions, how to bat on those wickets, tackle the bowlers and deal with the various challenges. It really helped my batting a lot on those surfaces.”
Priyam Garg captained the Indian U-19 squad during the 2020 World Cup in South Africa.
Priyam Garg: Kartik Tyagi Is A Very Hardworking Cricketer
Although it has been a while since the event ended, the 20-year-old revealed that the batch that took part in last year’s event is still very much in touch. He added that he has a good bond with pacer Kartik Tyagi, as they have played a lot together.
Priyam Garg explained: “For the last two years, I and Kartik Tyagi have been playing a lot together. Our U-19 batch is still in touch with each other. We keep talking to each other. We all know about the potential that Karik Tyagi has. He is a very hardworking cricketer. I have been seeing him for the last 6-7 years and he is really focused on his career.”
Priyam Garg represented Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in 14 matches in IPL 2020 but only managed 133 runs with one half-century. He did not get a game in IPL 2021 until the tournament was suspended earlier this month after COVID-19 cases entered the bubble.
Kartik Tyagi picked up 11 wickets during India’s run to the final of the U19 WC 2020. The right-arm pacer impressed one and all with his ability to move the ball around at a good pace during the tournament.
Rajasthan Royals bought him for INR 1.30 crores during the IPL 2020 Player Auction and he went on to pick 9 wickets in his first season of the tournament. The right-arm pacer has since traveled to Australia as a net bowler with the Indian team. He picked a solitary game in IPL 2021 and picked a wicket.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had a nightmare first half of the IPL 2021 as they lie on the bottom 8th spot of the points table with just one win from seven matches. The SRH team did so badly that the management comprising of coach Trevor Bayliss, director of cricket Tom Moody, mentor VVS Laxman, and bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan took the decision to strip captaincy from Australia’s David Warner and made Kane Williamson the new captain.