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Priyam Garg ambitious to play for senior national team


Bipin Dani  

India’s Priyam Garg is a very ambitious cricketer. On Tuesday the 18-year-old right-hand opener was named as captain of the Under-23 team to play five ODIs’ against Bangladesh (in Raipur) next month. 

Priyam Garg with Suresh Raina
Priyam Garg played with Suresh Raina in the same local team.

“My dream is to play for the senior national team and hoping to play along with Kohli’s team within two years”, he said over telephone from Bangalore, where he was playing a Duleep Trophy match (India Green vs.India Blue).

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Priyam Garg has a reason to be optimistic.

He has scored two double hundreds while playing for Under-16 team. Also two double hundreds in a Under-19 match and as if that’s not enough also scored two double centuries in Ranji Trophy.

He received the good news about getting Under-23 captaincy from an UPCA official.

“I was very delighted. Had my mother been there, she would have been very happy”.

Eight years ago, his mother (Kusum Devi) passed away in jaundice.

“My father (Naresh Kumar) is a transporter. He worked very hard to see me playing”.

Interestingly, Piyam Garg’s all siblings- three sisters (Pooja, Jyoti and Reshu) and brother (Shivam) are doctors.

“I didn’t want to be a doctor but cricketer. It is the game I love most”, he added further.

Sanjay Rastogi, who has also coached Team India’s pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has also been Priyam’s childhood coach.

“Priyam has a talent and will not be surprised if he plays for India in years to come”, he said over telephone.

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