Kartik Tyagi: Why he could enjoy long-term future in Indian blue

Uttar Pradesh in India is the birthplace of some famous people. From the mythological Lord Rama to the diligent Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, the state has produced some fine men.

The latter is now one of the best bowlers Team India has lined up. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar went on to achieve great things in cricket. It is thus no coincidence that many have followed his path, including a certain Kartik Tyagi.

Born on November 9, 2000 in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, Kartik Tyagi was groomed from a young age to be a part of Indian cricket. By profile, he is a medium-fast bowler who can swing the ball both ways. He possesses significant pace which has accounted for many scalps at the domestic level.

He made his first-class debut for his state in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy, a month before he became 17 years old. Barely a year later, he made his List A debut in the 2017-18 Vijay Hazare trophy. His performances earned him a place in India’s squad for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

Kar-ticking the boxes

It was here that he announced himself to the world. His bowling was spectacular, but the thing that really caught the eye of both fans and scouts was his ability to generate ball movement in the air. With the old ball, he displayed varying degrees of reverse swing, almost bowling yorkers at will. His pace also was clinical, just the right amount to outfox rival batsmen.

It was only onwards and upwards for him from there. IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals bought the bowler ahead of the 2020 auctions. He was handed his T20 debut against the Mumbai Indians that season.

He went on to bag 9 wickets in 10 matches, at an average economy of 9.61. On October 26, 2020. Tyagi was one of four reserve bowlers to travel with India for the tour of Australia.

This season, he has played one game and duly picked a wicket in it. With Tyagi, you can see sustainable and fantastic numbers. He has a bright future in the game, and could very well make the senior Indian team in a few years.

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