After the historic series victory in Brisbane, Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane made special mention of two players who did not appear in any of the test matches. During his locker room speech, Rahane said the comeback victory was a ‘huge moment’ in Indian cricket. In the second half of the video clip uploaded to Twitter, Rahane highlighted the contribution of Chinese bowler Kuldeep Yadav and fast young bowler Kartik Tyagi.
“Kartik, you were fantastic,” Rahane said as the whole team applauded.
The words were an acknowledgment of the 20-year-old’s contribution as a net bowler on the two-month tour held in a strict bio-bubble.
Tyagi says he has lost count of the number of overs he played in the Indian team’s net.
“I can’t put a number on the number of passes,” Tyagi said. But the skipper’s praise he will remember. For someone who worked hard in the shadows, it was heartwarming.
“The main thing is that we went to Australia and we beat Australia. I was present there. When he (Rahane) mentioned my name, it was a very proud moment. Being part of this team was a dream. And I hope that in the future I will also be able to win India in matches, ”said Tyagi.
Spirit like a sponge
The youngster from Dhanaura, in the Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh, has been on the road for five months. He went from one bio-bubble to another; from IPL in United Arab Emirates to Australia. After making his IPL debut for the Rajasthan Royals, Tyagi was drafted into the Indian squad as one of four net bowlers. Two of the four, Ishan Porel and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, struggled with injuries, while T Natarajan ended up making his international debut in all three formats during the tour.
The rate at which injuries accumulated as the matches progressed, Tyagi would have been in line for a test cap, but the team management opted for those with more experience in national cricket. .
Tyagi had a sponge-like mind during the tour and observed how the experienced bowlers trained, how they executed the plans. The advice he received from all sides was “invaluable”.
“How to plan a session, how to define fields, how to play a field. I have learned so much by watching, listening and talking. I talked to everyone I could, ”he says. “Talking to (Jasprit) Bumrah, watching Pat Cummins bowl or Mohammed Siraj making his debut was a great experience. (I learned) The importance of being patient and sticking to the plan. Two of the best teams in the world play Test Cricket, you are there, you watch, listen and see so much. I couldn’t have asked for more. How the team discussed all the plans and then how it went on the pitch. was so inspiring, ”Tyagi says.
Fast for its age
The former Under-19 player made headlines when he won four wickets against Australia in the Junior World Cup last year. He impressed everyone with his pace, over 140 km / h, and a nasty winger. Although readings from rapid guns give him a chill, he says he’s added a less imagined but effective tool to his arsenal – control.
“I tried bowling in one place (in the nets). Consistently hitting a line or length is important at the highest level. I played in the Under-19 World Cup and the IPL. I have realized that being consistent and patient is the key to the cricket test. It makes a huge difference. You have to play somewhere even if the wickets don’t come, ”says Tyagi, who has modeled his action on that of Brett Lee.
The only match he played on tour was a practice match against Australia A before the Test Series. When he hit opener Will Pucovski on the helmet, which left the drummers with a concussion, Tyagi says he wasn’t feeling well.
“We have to try to get the batsmen out, but if you hit a batsman and he’s hurt, you don’t feel good.
The pace was an asset for Tyagi. Former Indian opener WV Raman was impressed with how quickly 16-year-old Tyagi bowled at a camp in Dharamsala.
“I remember seeing Kartik Tyagi in an under 16 camp in Dharamsala. His pace stood out even then. Very fast, which is not normal in this age group as fast twitch muscles tend to develop later. But I remember he was really fast. A natural, ”was Raman’s observation a few years ago.
Ready for grinding
Tyagi’s father, Yogendra, a farmer, attributes this to the difficult training he put through his son when he was just starting out. A strip of land in his village has been turned into makeshift nets.
“Sometimes hundreds of deliveries in a single workout. In the winter he trained when it was coldest and in the summer in the afternoon sun. The idea was to play in the harshest weather conditions to make it tough, ”Yogendra told this newspaper last year as his son was making waves at the Under-19 World Cup.
Fast bowling is all about having the right “attitude” as Tyagi puts it. “If in my mind I want to play fast, I’ll be ready to play fast in the net. I will continue to make efforts. My state of mind will, to some extent, define how quickly I can bowl.
Upon returning from Australia, Tyagi rested for a day. On the second day, he went to an academy six kilometers from his home in Hapur and started bowling. Tyagi knows that if he can add control to keep up with his pace, he would pass nets at the center wicket.