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IPL gives you money and fame, but nothing beats playing for India: Kartik Tyagi

Tyagi who was one of the net bowlers in the Australia tour is waiting for his debut call to the national playing 11

April 16, 2021 / 11:56 AM IST
Kartik Tyagi took the wicket of dangerous looking Andre Russell after 45 runs partnership with Eoin Morgan. (Image: IPL/BCCI/Twitter)

Kartik Tyagi took the wicket of dangerous looking Andre Russell after 45 runs partnership with Eoin Morgan. (Image: IPL/BCCI/Twitter)

After seeing some of his fellow net bowlers being called to the big stage in Australia, young Indian pacer Kartik Tyagi is hoping for a similar chance to show his mettle. One of the stars of the U-19 World Cup in South Africa in 2020, Kartik is yet to make a breakthrough in the senior men’s squad.

Tyagi was chosen as one of the net bowlers when India toured Australia in 2020, after the 20-year-old’s performance in the previous edition of the IPL impressed selectors. Although Tyagi picked only 9 wickets in the 10 matches he played, his scalps included Shane Watson, Shreyas Iyer, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer and Jonny Bairstow. His short-pitched deliveries to heckle Jadeja and Dhoni was also praised by cricket pundits. “Bowling very fast has always been a huge motivation for me but if you can bowl fast with accuracy then only you can be very effective in T20,” says Tyagi speaking exclusively to Moneycontrol.com.

Kartik may be young and inexperienced, he is being seen as a big hope in this season. Royal’s Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara suggested that Jofra Archer’s absence could be managed by young pacers like Tyagi. “Inexperience can probably work for you and it could mean that opposition hasn't seen you either,” said Sangakkara a couple of days back in an interaction with the media.  “Most of the wickets are good for batting. So, you have to be quite skillful. We have Kartik Tyagi, who did pretty well last season in patches and this year we have new additions Kuldeep Yadav and Chetan Sakariya,” added the former Sri Lankan captain.

Tyagi is also an ardent fan of Joffra Archer. “Yes, one can become like Archer. I have learnt a lot from him by seeing him bowl up close. You may hear a lot of things (from former players) but when you interact with the world class pacers like Archer, your education is different. I will try to become like Archer in future,” says Tyagi. As a young fast bowler Rajasthan Royal’s Tyagi was lucky to get the guidance and support of Bhuvneshwar Kumar as they both hailed from the same academy in Meerut. “Bhuvi is always there and Jasprit Bumrah obviously is a hero for all of us but as a kid I always wanted to run and bowl fast like Bret Lee,” says Tyagi.