IPL 2020: Kartik Tyagi, quick and calculated, delivering for Rajasthan Royals

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Young pacer Kartik Tyagi doesn’t thoughts being hit for a six or 4. He smiles on the batsman, and the piercing gaze is extra that of a predator than the hunted as is commonly the case with bowlers in T20 cricket. Then, it’s the 19-year-old’s manner of making an attempt to psyche out a batsman. It does work.

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Take Monday night time’s IPL conflict between his Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. The wiry Tyagi, sharing powerplay duties with England spearhead Jofra Archer, reveals why he’s handed the duty. He digs one quick with a easy hit-the-deck motion, and Shane Watson pulls it to midwicket for 4.

Watson is amused because the ‘kid’ strikes down the pitch, glares and smiles on the Aussie. A really acquainted trait? The subsequent supply is pitched up, and this time Watson is fortunate because the under-edge races behind the keeper for 4. The subsequent one is inviting on the pads and he flicks, just to the mid wicket entice.

Tyagi marks wicket No. 6 from as many IPL games in his debut season–one per game and every a prime batsman.


The bowler from Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur city reveals he’s heading in the right direction even in dying overs. Despite being hit for consecutive boundaries by Ravindra Jadeja, Tyagi stays aggressive, troubling Jadeja and MS Dhoni with lifting deliveries. It helps peg back CSK, organising a seven-wicket win for Royals.

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“That’s his nature. He always shows a big heart even after being hit for a six or four. You can see his aggression by the way he pumps his fist or raises his hands after bagging a wicket,” Tyagi’s coach Vipin Vats says.

“Tyagi’s approach to his deliveries, especially the one that kicks up, makes his position strong even against a batsman like Shane Watson. Even after hitting two consecutive boundaries off Tyagi, he was foxed the third delivery,” provides Vats.

A fantastic keeper-batsman in home cricket within the 90s, Vats taught the finer factors of the game to Tyagi on a ‘self-made’ turf pitch within the bowler’s village close to Hapur. Among younger Indians who more and more reveal the center to tackle the demanding job of quick bowling, Tyagi from day one centered on accuracy with tempo.

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“The turf wicket in his village has been my favourite training place. We spend a lot of time there during training. His focus on line and length always impressed me. His height (6’3”) is an added benefit with energy and velocity,” says Vats. “I always teach him bowling with a batsman’s perspective.”

Tyagi is India’s newest product from a formidable run within the U-19 World Cup. In the South Africa version early this yr, he took 11 wickets, together with a game-changing 4/24 in opposition to Australia within the last eight. India completed runners-up.

The teenager has impressed along with his capability to maneuver the ball at tempo in his first IPL. “His focus on bowling a good length makes him ‘extraordinary’; I always backed him as the leading bowler in the U-19 team,” former junior nationwide selector Gyanendra Pandey says.


Tyagi has steadily developed because the age of 11. He confirmed his class at U-14 stage and continued his victorious run within the Cooch Behar Trophy U-19 event, taking 50 wickets. That success earned a 17-year-old Tyagi a call-up to the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy facet within the 2017-18 season for his just first-class game to this point.

Nine wickets in 5 games within the Youth ODI sequence in England and 6 wickets off three in opposition to Afghanistan U-19 later, he drew the eye of RR.

Tyagi’s begin to IPL 2020 was spectacular—he had Mumbai Indians opener Quinton de Kock in his first over. The pacer banged briefly and de Kock top-edged a pull to be caught by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

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“Even before that delivery, I was sure of a short one from Tyagi as he always bowls such a delivery if someone tries to step out to hit him; as soon as the ball struck de Kock’s bat I was sure it was a wicket for Tyagi,” says Vats.

Tyagi lists the scalps of Shreyas Iyer (DC), Virat Kohli (RCB), Shimron Hetmyer (DC) and Jonny Bairstow (SRH) before Watson—showcasing expertise in a high-profile league, and promising much more.

[ Attribution HT]

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