UP Milkman’s Son Goes Blazing In Cricket, Eyes It Big

LUCKNOW || It is said that talent cannot be suppressed. No matter how tough the journey may be but the deserving get their due. The story of Priyam Garg, who is the captain of the Indian team participating in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, starting in South Africa from 17 January next year, is similar.

Son of a milkman, he has reached this stage crossing several hurdles. His father Naresh Garg always had an invisible hand behind him, which never broke his spirits. Aiming for nothing less than a World Cup trophy, if luck strikes he will be named alongside Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand and Prithvi Shaw as the four captains to win the Under-19 World Cup.

All eyes are on whether Priyam can take his career to the next level. It has been a long arduous trek for Priyam this far overcoming all the difficulties and emerging the captain of the Under-19 team. Father Naresh Garg’s dream of making him a cricketer has come true. If he makes India the world champion, then his path would be a little less thorny.

Priyam has already started playing in the senior team. He started his senior career by playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Saurashtra in September last year and then a month later played for UP in the Ranji Trophy. He scored over 800 runs in this home season.

Sanjay Rastogi and Ashwini, the coaches of a Meerut-based academy, have an important role in bringing this promising batsman up to the mark. His coaches feel Priyam has all the makings of being a good batsman.

So he was asked to focus more on batting. After this Priyam also worked very hard in batting and today his skills are for all to see. His dad Naresh Garg was neither of a strong financial position nor did he know that his son should be admitted to a cricket academy in Meerut.

Priyam trained at Sanjay Rastogi’s academy running in Victoria Park, Meerut. It was not easy for Priyam to come to Meerut for daily training from Parikshitgarh. Priyam struggled to continue his commitments in the game after mother Kusum Devi passed away. With encouragement from the father, life on the 22 yards continued. Priyam had to wait for the bus for hours with the kit bag. Priyam’s ideals have been Sachin Tendulkar.

When there was no television at home, he used to leave class at school when Sachin played and went to watch the match on the television at the Pan Shop. Sachin egged him to drive back foot and cover the front foot, Dravid increased his hunger for runs. With the right kind of support, this trailblazer is sure to hit the big times.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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