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IPL 2021: The cricket lessons that SRH’s Priyam Garg learnt from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: From watching videos of his idol Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s match-winning knocks to meeting the former India captain in person and taking tips from him, Meerut-born youngster Priyam Garg has come a long way.
Priyam, who captained the India U-19 team in the last edition of the ICC U-19 World Cup, had not met Dhoni before he was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs. 1.90 crore in the IPL 2020 Player Auction.
In fact, his unbeaten 51 off just 26 balls also came against Dhoni‘s men in an IPL match. He steadied the Sunrisers’s ship after the team lost David Warner (28), Jonny Bairstow (0), Manish Pandey (29) and Kane Williamson (9) cheaply. Sunrisers won the match by 7 runs and the boy from Meerut was adjudged the Man of the Match award. His innings was studded with 6 fours and 1 six.
Priyam, after bagging his MoM trophy, rushed to meet Dhoni who was sitting in the dugout.
“It was a dream come true for me. I have followed Dhoni sir since my childhood. He is my idol and inspiration too. I followed him closely, be it batting or his captaincy. I have a collection of his batting and match-winning knocks on video and I watch those and learn from them. Meeting him in person was a dream come true. After the knock he said ‘well played’ to me,” Priyam told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview.

(Photo credit: Priyam Garg Instagram)
“I asked him many things about captaincy and taking my game forward. He just said – ‘be fit. that’s all. Your fitness will decide your career and how long you will play’. He asked me to focus on my fitness and game plan. He said to take care of my body and said a game plan is a must. ‘Sit and plan your game and be fit’. These two things will take you forward. I told him about the videos I have. He laughed and hugged me. It was an emotional moment for me. I asked him about captaincy skills and he explained all that to me. I will never forget those tips from him,” the 20 year old further recalled.
For Priyam, meeting India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli also helped him change his approach towards the game.
“Meeting Virat bhaiya was really amazing. He also told me about the importance of being fit. He said – ‘you can play for a long time if you are fit’. He asked me to focus on my fitness and spend as much time in the nets as possible,” Priyam further told TimesofIndia.com.

(Photo credit: Priyam Garg Instagram)
After the Under-19 World Cup experience, where India lost in the final to Bangladesh, sharing a dressing room with cricketers around the world has helped Priyam mature as a cricketer. Playing for Uttar Pradesh in the last edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Priyam scored 286 runs in 8 matches at an average of 35.75, including 1 century and 2 fifties. UP lost to Mumbai in the final in March this year.
Priyam is confident that Sunrisers will add another IPL trophy to their cabinet. The Orange army won the title in 2016 under David Warner’s captaincy.
“It was an amazing experience in the Under-19 World Cup. After that IPL has taught me a lot. It was a different experience altogether. You are facing stars and world-class bowlers. You are picking up knowledge from world-class batsmen. It has been a huge learning experience for me. I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge from the legends,” he said.

(Photo credit: Priyam Garg Instagram)
“I keep interacting with Kane Williamson and David Warner. Warner is a funny and amazing guy. He will make you laugh in the dressing room. He is totally different when he is on the field. He is so aggressive on the field and jovial off it. I am sure Warner will guide Sunrisers to another title win this time,” Priyam signed off.

(Photo credit: Priyam Garg Instagram)

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