By H.JanGra April 22, 2022
IPL 2022: Pacer Kartik Tyagi, who is with SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing season, revealed how Suresh Raina helped shape his cricket career as a youngster.
In the mega auction this year, he was picked by SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs 4 crore and recently credited Suresh Raina for backing his talent.
Speaking via SunRisers Hyderabad's Instagram handle, he said, "Like I always say one thing, that after Under-16, Suresh Raina entered my life like a god
Because people started to recognise me when I was selected for Ranji Trophy. When I was 13, I participated in the Under-14 trials and this is where my cricketing journey began
I started playing for the Under-14 team and then Under-16. In the U-16, there was a season where I got 50 wickets in 7 matches.
"I used to be very silent and was observing everything. He was about to leave after his practice, but I don't know why he came back to the ground.
He then approached me and asked me about what was my role. I told him that I was a bowler and then he gave me a chance to bowl in the nets.
He saw my performance and told me that I liked your bowling and I will ensure you get chances in the future, Personally, for me, it was a good thing that someone like Suresh Raina noticed my performance."
After that, it was quite shocking for me that my name was shortlisted in the UP Ranji team. My Ranji career started from there and later I progressed to the Under-19 team and eventually played the Under-19 World Cup".
The young pacer hasn't yet player a game for SRH this season but will be hoping to impress when given the chance. SRH are currently fifth in the IPL 2022 points table with eight points from six games.