Who Is Kartik Tyagi? The Story Of The Cricketer Who Bowled One Of The Best-Ever Overs In IPL
Four runs required off the last over with eight wickets in hand, and two set batsmen on the crease. Odds stacked up against the bowler, isn’t it (especially for one with no international caps)?
Not me, said Kartik Tyagi in Dubai on Tuesday night.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) September 21, 2021
The 20-year-old bowled the near-perfect 20th over to concede just one run and take Rajasthan Royals to an improbable two-run victory over the Punjab Kings.
#KartikTyagi Defended 4 runs in the Final over 💥💥💥
That too with Markram & Pooran on strike😮
— Venky NTR ❤️🌊 (@Ntr1Devudu) September 22, 2021
Even with four balls left, Kings had a 99.2% chance of winning the game. It dropped to 90% after 19.4, 62% after 19.5 and of course to 0% after the 20th. Such was the accuracy of Tyagi’s block-hole antics, which yielded five dot balls and two wickets.
“In the 19th over, I was at mid-off And I told Mustafizur Rahman – don’t let it finish in this over And we have a chance with Kartik Tyagi Bowling the 20th.” – Riyan Parag (In press)
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) September 22, 2021
From being a teenager who won games of cricket at the U-19 World Cup in 2020, he pulled off a miracle. “Tyagi was confident with his yorkers, especially wide yorkers. Executed them well against the new batters,” said the winning skipper Sanju Samson in the post-match ceremony.
About last night. Man of the match pic.twitter.com/v6ON0GxRw4
— Kartik Tyagi (@tyagiktk) September 22, 2021
“A tall right-arm bowler who can nip the ball around at pace, Tyagi was almost a prodigy who wasn’t,” according to ESPN Cricinfo‘s Saurabh Somani.
He made his first-class debut in 2017, a month short of his 17th birthday, but was soon laid low by injury. A dedicated recovery regimen and a positive frame of mind meant he was back to bowling in time for the 2020 U-19 World Cup, where, fitter and stronger, he emerged as one of the bowlers of the tournament.
“I will never be able to forget Suresh Raina’s contribution in my career. I had played U-16s when I was told to join Ranji Trophy camp. @ImRaina bhaiya saw me a few days and asked selectors to put me in Ranji Trophy team.”
— Whistle Podu Army ® – CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) September 22, 2021
“He came to my academy when he was 11 or 12 years old. He had good height and a high-arm action. Gradually his strength also increased,” said Vipin Vats, former Uttar Pradesh wicketkeeper and the personal coach of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar.
“He’s very hard-working and picks up things very quickly. He has the class to play for India one day.”
Those Who Thinks It is a Fixing they all are gamblers, For Your Kind Information Kartik Tyagi was with Indian Cricket Team As An Net Bowler From Past Few Months is also tours for Australia. He Worked Hard In Nets. Nets to hero pic.twitter.com/L6JmxPInee
— Abhinav Tiwari (@abhi5352) September 21, 2021
His hardwork paid off yet again, when he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League. He made his debut against the Mumbai Indians, and throughout the season, impressed the selectors with his grit and character against the biggest names.
As a result, Tyagi was named as one of four additional bowlers to travel with Indian cricket team for their 2020/21 tour to Australia. He was among the likes of Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan, who proved to be vital performers in the team’s historic 2-1 Test series win.
Must be a great day in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh – Kartik Tyagi’s hometown. His dad is a farmer but the father never told Kartik what the family grew. Reason: Father didn’t want Kartik to pick up any farming skills and instead focus on cricket instead. Its the little things. #IPL2021
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) September 21, 2021
While the RR pacer missed out on game time Down Under, he did earn valuable experience sharing the dressing room with his ‘idols’, like Jasprit Bumrah.
“I have spoken to seniors for the last few years. Everyone has said that game can change anytime. I knew I have the death-overs skills,” Tyagi said while collecting the Man of the Match award on Tuesday night.
It feels so great to get appreciation from my hero 😊 https://t.co/R4ZhCLRKc4
— Kartik Tyagi (@tyagiktk) September 21, 2021
“Feeling happy. I was injured during the India leg of IPL 2021, and when I recovered the tournament got cancelled. Very happy to get the chance today.”
His best years might be ahead of him, but the young seamer has joined the brimming list of quicks who await their chance to represent India on the international stage. And if he’s consistently able to keep his cool like he did in that last over, it will only be a matter of time.
Image credits: Indian Express, BCCI