21 September, 2020

Colt For The Blues

Colt For The Blues

He was not even a teenager when Meerut lad Priyam Garg decided cricket will one day win him his bread and butter. Watching live matches on a mohalla TV set whetted his love for the game. They couldn’t afford a TV set at home as his father Naresh was selling milk, delivering newspapers and driving school vans to feed a family of six. The youngest among five siblings who lost their mother when he was 11, Priyam caught India coach Rahul Dravid’s attention with a double century for Uttar Pradesh against Gujarat in a Ranji Trophy preparatory game. In January, Priyam will lead India in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. He tells Soumitra Bose that his father’s support and the guidance of his coaches, especially Sanjay Rastogi and Kanaiyalal Tejwani, gave wings to his dreams. Excerpts from the interview:

How difficult was it to pursue cricket when you lost your mother?

It was devastating. I lost my focus. Dad pulled me back on track. He did everything possible...



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