A household name now in Indian cricket, Priyam Garg is a stylish and elegant right-handed batsman who is on the precipice of taking the Indian cricketing stage by storm. In this article, we take a look at the life of Priyam Garg who started playing cricket at the age of 6 and went on to lead a team at the World Cup! The Indian cricketer has been a regular feature in the Sunrisers Hyderabad line-up during the opening matches of the Indian Premier League 2020. However, the 20-year-old wasn’t able to make much of an impression but he finally proved his worth when his team needed it the most.
During the 2020 IPL (match 14), Garg scored his maiden IPL century taking his team to a score against the Chennai Super Kings. The UP lad showed his quality as SRH’s confidence in the young batsmen finally grew as the then 19-year-old guided his side out of a frail position against Chennai Super Kings (who were three-time champions). Despite being 69-4 at one stage, Garg along with Abhishek Sharma took Sunrisers Hyderabad to a whopping score of 164 runs, scoring a half-century in the process. This made an indelible mark in IPL history so we are proud to present these facts about Priyam Garg:
Priyam Garg: Interesting Facts and FAQs!
Frequently Asked Questions
Priyam Garg age?
20 years (in 2021)
Priyam Garg height?
5ft. 9” (175 cm)
Who is the father of Priyam Garg?
Where is Priyam Garg from?
Quila Parikshitgarh, Meerut, UP, India.
Interesting Facts About Priyam Garg:
Here are some interesting facts about Priyam Garg
1. Quick Facts:
Full name: Priyam K Garg
Born: November 30, 2000, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Current age: 20 years old
Major teams: India C, India Green, India Under-19s, India Under-23s, Indian Board President’s XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Under-14s, Uttar Pradesh Under-16s, Uttar Pradesh Under-19s
Playing role: Top-order batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Priyam Garg was born on the 30th of November, 2000, in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. His father Naresh Garg is a school van driver, his late mother’s name was Kusum Devi. He has three elder sisters named Pooja Garg, Reshu Garg, and Jyoti Garg and one elder brother, Shivam Garg. Two of his sisters have pursued the medical field.
3. Early interest in cricket:
The young cricketer started playing at the age of 6 and was so good at that time that people around him told his father to make him join a cricket academy for proper training. However, the family’s financial conditions were not so good, so his father did some odd things like milk selling and even started newspaper distribution work in order to pay for his son’s expenses.
Through all this, Garg gained admission to a cricket academy in Meerut where he started playing cricket under the guidance of Sanjay Rastogi. Later, at the age of 12, he was selected for the UP Under-14s state team in which he scored a half-century on his debut series.
4. Mother’s death:
Eventually, he faced a big mental hurdle when in 2011, unfortunately, his mother died due to a disease. Priyam’s mother always envisioned her son playing for India and despite her husband not supporting her son’s dreams, she was always supportive of him playing cricket and always believed in him.
Her sudden demise made him so miserable that he stopped playing cricket for a while. However, his father and the coach convinced him to continue his cricket practice. He then played for UP Under-16s before joining the Under-19s team.
5. Priyam Garg’s Cricket Career:
On December 18, 2016, he made his Youth ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at Under-19s Asia Cup 2016.
Garg was also part of the final of the Asia Cup in which he bowled out for just 5 runs but in the end, India won the title.
On September 19, 2018, the UP lad began his List-A career for Uttar Pradesh where he was born, opposite Saurashtra. Here, he scored 38 runs off 38 balls in the match. Almost 30 days later, he made his First-Class debut against Goa, and also scored a century on the debut match.
Ahead of the England Tri-Nation Series, he was named as the captain of the India Under-19s team in 2019.
Later, on July 24 the UP born lad made his maiden Youth ODI hundred in England Tri-Nation Series against Bangladesh, as he batted 100 off 97 balls. He proceeded to hit his maiden fifty against England in the same series. As time went on and reached the final, Garg was one of the four Indian batsmen including Jaiswal who scored a fifty-plus score in the final series, which ultimately led the Indian side to be victorious!
In December 2019, he was named as captain of the Indian side for the 2020 ICC Under-19s World Cup. On January 19, 2020, he played his first-ever world cup match against Sri Lanka. Garg made his maiden fifty on his debut alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal and Dhruv Jurel.
He didn’t get the chance to bat in the next two matches. Later, in the quarter-final battling against Australia, Priyam finally got the chance to bat but bowled out at a score of 5. However, half-centuries from Atharva Ankolekar and Jaiswal led the team to reach the semi-final. Later, in the semi-final match against Pakistan, he didn’t get the chance to play but once again Jaiswal’s superb inning of 105* led the team to reach into the finals against Bangladesh. However, he couldn’t manage to lead his team to win the world cup.
He also was an important force for leading the winning side in the 2020 South Africa Quadrangular Series. It was under the coaching of Rastogi that Priyam Garg not only went on to lead India’s age-group side, but prior to the tournament in South Africa he also starred for his hometown in his maiden Ranji Trophy season with 800-plus runs. For two hours a day at Meerut’s Victoria Park, Garg faced nearly 300 throwdowns from coach Sanjay Rastogi, apart from facing some quality bowling, including leg-spinner Karn Sharma. In order for him to bat long hours his coach Rastogi ensured that Garg didn’t slack on fitness and focus when it came to either during the time of the pandemic. “Fitness, on the ground, will be an issue in the beginning of the IPL, and if someone is in good shape, he will surely be a few notches above the others,” says Garg. “I was lucky to get my weights just days before the lockdown. So while staying indoors was a problem for most cricketers I know, it was fine with me because I had my equipment.”
Later on, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) signed Priyam Garg on auction day (19 December 2019). SRH is a franchise cricket team based in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, that plays in the Indian Premier League. SRH bought 7 new players including the likes of Mitchell Marsh. Priyam Garg was sold for the 2020 IPL for a whopping 1.9 crores. He made his debut for SRH on September 22, 2020, against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He scored his maiden fifty (51* off 26 balls) against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
6. He idolizes Sachin Tendulkar:
Which young Indian cricketer doesn’t? Priyam Garg is an upcoming star from Uttar Pradesh, and much like Sachin Tendulkar, possesses natural talent and elegance.
7. Garg has scored two double centuries in Under-16s, Under-19s, and Ranji Trophy so far:
Priyam batted his maiden double century in first-class cricket in a match against Tripura. Thus he became the third-youngest Indian to score a double century in first-class cricket. Garg was only 18 years and 22 days when he scored a brilliant 206 from 371 deliveries.
8. Initially, he started playing cricket as a fast bowler, but his coach advised him to focus on batting:
This move paid off. The skillful batsman made the headlines on his Rajni Trophy debut when he scored a brilliant century. At only 17 years of age, Garg was fast-tracked in the UP team and made his Ranji debut against Goa. Garg smashed an unbeaten 117 from 181 balls and became the fourth-youngest player to score a ton for Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy.
9. He used to watch cricket matches in the nearby shops, as his family couldn’t afford a TV then:
Priyam Garg belonged to a lower-middle-class family and his father who was a milkman wasn’t able to provide a cricket kit. His father acquired money and got his son to join a good cricket academy in Meerut. His father spotted his talent very early and always made sacrifices to see his son contest cricket at the highest level.
10. Priyam succeeded the likes of Virat Kohli and Prithvi Shaw during the U19 fold:
Born in the 2000s, this player made his List A debut for Uttar Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in September 2018 followed by his First-Class debut in the Ranji Trophy in November 2018.
The UP lad made a statement of intent in December of that year as he batted a double ton against Tripura. After that, Priyam Garg made his Twenty20 debut for his domestic team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February 2019.
By the year 2019, Garg began steading climbing on the cricketing ladder as he made his debut in the Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. With the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 imminent in South Africa, Priyam Garg was given the task of skipper of the U19 team. As a leader, he brought his side all the way to the finals of the tournament but they suffered at the final hurdle as Bangladesh reigned victorious over them to win their first World Cup.
That being said, before the tournament, Priyam Garg made news when was bought by the Hyderabad-based franchise in the Indian T20 League for Rs. 1.90 crore.
11. The young cricketer made his List A debut for UP in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy on 19 September 2018:
The UP-born cricketer’s run-making spree at the U-14s and U-16s brought him into the reckoning of the Indian U-19 team in 2018.
The UP lad also came very close to making it to the World Cup squad but unfortunately, a poor run before the mega event diminished his hopes. This wasn’t enough to stop the youngster, who went back to his routine of scoring runs and got picked for the Ranji Trophy. He made heads roll by plundering a century on debut in a match against Goa and since then, he hasn’t looked back.
12. Priyam Garg made his first-class debut for Uttar Pradesh in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy on 1 November 2018:
In August 2019, the UP lad was added to the India Green squad for the Duleep Trophy. In 11 FC matches, Priyam Garg rounded up 814 runs at an average of 67.83. He has also achieved a rare feat of scoring 2 double tons in U-16s, U-19s, and Ranji Trophy so far. “He (Garg) is way beyond his years,” is what Uttar Pradesh captain Akshdeep Nath had to say about the youngster to a newspaper.
13. Priyam Garg led India during the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup:
Garg captained India U-19 and U-23 teams.
Priyam Garg has finally reached the Indian Premier League but the youngster has a long career before him as he goes on to fulfill his potential and become one of the staple players in Indian cricket.