Some Lesser Known Facts About Priyam Garg
- When he was a kid, his family could not afford a television, and he used to watch cricket matches at a nearby “paan” shop.
- He comes from a financially weak family. During his childhood days, his father used to do odd jobs such as selling milk, driving vans, loading goods in trucks, and delivering newspapers to support Priyam’s cricket training.
- His mother had passed away in 2011 due to a terminal illness when Priyam was 11 years old. He wanted to quit cricket and work to support the family after his mother passed away. However, his father motivated and supported him to keep playing.
- He has been playing cricket since he was 6 years old, and when he was 8 years old, he joined the Victoria Park cricket training ground in Meerut to receive training and pursue the game seriously.
- The Victoria Park training ground was 40 km away from his home, and he would take the bus every day with one of his siblings to accompany him to the ground.
- Garg had started as a fast bowler, but his coaches Ashwani Sharma and Sanjay Rastogi advised him to pay more attention to batting; as he was good at it, and he was a skilled batsman. Garg also wanted to become a bowler, as two fast bowlers of India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar also trained from the Victoria Park training ground.
- He admires Suresh Raina. Raina trained him when Garg was selected in the Uttar Pradesh team. Once, in an interview, Garg said-
I learnt a lot from him, he was a model of discipline in how to carry yourself. I learnt a lot watching him. He made me confident, Raina bhai spoke of his growing-up days and how that time, there was a senior-junior divide, and how juniors didn’t speak much. He encouraged me and all others to speak freely. That was a good gesture”
- He made his debut for “List A” cricket for Uttar Pradesh against Saurashtra in the “Vijay Hazare Trophy”. Just a month later, he made his debut in the “Ranji Trophy”, and he scored a century in his debut game against Goa.
- In 2018, he was in the running for a berth in India’s U-19 team, but he was not selected due to a drop in form. Reportedly, the selectors decided to give him time and let him regain his form and confidence.
- He considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. Once in an interview, he said-
Whatever I am today is because of Sachin Tendulkar. Had I not seen him play, I wouldn’t have come this far. I grew up watching him. Before every game, I think of Sachin. That gives me the courage and strength to score runs. Even when I used to play with the tennis ball in local tournaments, I always tried to copy Sachin Paa ji’s strokes. My dream is to meet Sachin Tendulkar and take tips from him and wear the blue colours of team India one day”
- On 2 December 2019, he was named as the captain of India’s Under-19 team for the 2020 World Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa and also as India’s U-19 captain for the tour of South Africa. BCCI
- In an interview, after he was named as the captain of the U-19 team, he said-
The World Cup will be a big opportunity. That’s the event where you are noticed, get everyone’s attention and I’d love to play a big innings there. It’s a balanced side. We have been playing together. This would help us in South Africa”