Priyam Garg to bol­ster UP bat­ting vs Vi­darbha in fi­nal

Meerut boy has so far 800 plus runs in Ranji Tro­phy this sea­son

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Sport - HT Cor­re­spon­dent sport­sluc­[email protected]

LUC­KNOW : Emer­gence of young Priyam Garg as Ut­tar Pradesh’s bat­ting back­bone in the mid­dle or­der this sea­son re­mained one of the big­gest dis­cov­er­ies for the state cricket. From the very first match, the 18-year-old boy from Meerut, Priyam stayed tuned to his per­for­mance, crack­ing two cen­turies and four half cen­turies for the side.

With age at his side, the righthander Priyam has es­pe­cially called for the un­der-19 to let his bat do the talk­ing for one more time when for­mer cham­pi­ons Ut­tar Pradesh take on hosts and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Vi­darbha in the Un­der-19 Cooch Be­har Tro­phy fi­nal, be­gin­ning Mon­day at Nag­pur.

Play­ing con­fi­dently, Priyam had a cen­tury knock in the de­but match against Goa in Ranji Tro­phy this Novem­ber, and didn’t look back then, scor­ing 814 runs with an un­beaten 206 be­ing his best against Tripura in Luc­know it­self, and if he gets go­ing last year semi-fi­nal­ists Ut­tar Pradesh can hope for a ti­tle tri­umph at Nag­pur.

“Priyam’s pres­ence in the play­ing XI is a big boost as he has con­sis­tently been do­ing well for the state teams,” team coach Amir said on Sun­day. “We are hop­ing Priyam to dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings with wil­low here.”

In their last meet­ing in the league phase, Ut­tar Pradesh had a re­sound­ing eight-wicket win over Vi­darbha at Muz­za­far­na­gar, and they are hop­ing for a sim­i­lar turn around this time too. “Win at Muz­za­far­na­gar is a big in­spi­ra­tion to the boys and we want to re­peat that mo­ment at Nag­pur too,” said Amir.

Terming the hosts a good side on home turf, Amir said that they weren’t tak­ing ri­vals lightly and ex­pect­ing a good tus­sle be­tween the bat and the ball at VCA Sta­dium. “They (Vi­darbha) have al­ways been a strong side on home turf. Un­like Muz­za­far­na­gar, con­di­tions are dif­fer­ent here, but UP boys are ca­pa­ble enough to han­dle all sit­u­a­tions.”

The 22-yard strip is likely to as­sist the bats­men more and the team win­ning the toss, would like to bat first. Yash Rathod (1030), Yash Kadam (691) and Nayan Cha­van (684) in bat­ting and Nachiket Bhute (48 wkts), Rohit Dat­ta­traya (37 wkts) and Dushyant Teken (33 wkts) would be the play­ers to watch in Vi­darbha side.

Other than Priyam, Ut­tar Pradesh’s bat­ting would re­volve around Dhruv Chand Jurel (670), Ansh Ya­dav (572) and Sameer Rizvi (527), whereas in bowl­ing depart­ment spin­ner Shivam Sharma (39 wkts) would han­dle the old ball once the seam­ers Kartik Tyagi (39 wkts) and Mohit Jan­gra (35 wkts) fin­ish the quote of their early spells.

TEAMS Ut­tar Pradesh:

Aryan Sharma (cap­tain), Priyam Garg, Kritagya K Singh, Ansh Ya­dav, Sameer Rizvi, Aryan Juyal, Dhruv Chand Jurel, Sameer Choud­hary, Pur­nank Tyagi, Shivam Sharma, Mohit Jan­gra, Kartik Tyagi and Ku­nal Ya­dav.

Vi­darbha: Yash Kadam (cap­tain), Man­dar Ma­hale, Bharat Naidu, Aman Mokhade, Yash Rathod, Nayan Cha­van, San­desh Drug­war, Harsh Dubey, Nachiket Bhute, Dushyant Tekan, Rohit Dat­ta­traya, Sid­desh Dan­de­war, San­desh Khed­kar, Prerit Agrawal, Gu­lam Ali.

HT FILE PHOTO

▪ Priyam Garg, who had a dou­ble cen­tury against Goa in Ranji Tro­phy opener, would be play­ing his first Un­der-19 match this sea­son.

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