Team India’s aggressive batsman SKY ( Suryakumar Yadav) on Tuesday described Tilak Verma as a star after he played another impressive inning in the 3rd T20 against the Windies. The 32-year-old praised Tilak Verma as a cricketer who has amazing maturity for his age. Verma has made a good start to his T20 career. He made 39 runs in 22 balls in his first T20 match followed by 51 runs in 41 balls. In Guyana, on Tuesday the 20-year-old scored an unbeaten 49 runs in 37 balls and added 87 runs for the third wicket with SKY making 83 runs in 44 balls.
The Suryakumar-Verma partnership ensured that India chased down a target of 160 runs to seal the five-match series with an emphatic seven-wicket win. Suryakumar lavished praise on Verma and said:
“I feel Tilak Varma, for his age, he’s showing amazing maturity. The way he batted with me; we’ve played together earlier in the IPL. He performed very well there as well. And now here, on this stage, to show such maturity in only your third game, I think all credit goes to him, his hard work that he has put in so far,”
“I hope he continues it. But yeah, Tilak Varma is a star,” the right-handed batter exclaimed.
On what makes Tilak Verma a dangerous batsman in the T20s format, Suryakumar said that he has clarity of thought and is very strong mentally. SKY said:
“He is very clear in his mind. Most importantly, he knows his game very well – what he wants to do when he comes into bat. And, today also he was very clear [about] what he wanted to do. He’s mentally very strong. That’s the most important thing that you need when you come into an Indian dressing room and play at this level. He’s come strong.”
After this effort on Tuesday Verma became the only Indian batsman along with Suryakumar Yadav to score 30 plus in their first three-inning.
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“I Never Think About Milestones” – Suryakumar
While Suryakumar Yadav already has three T20 centuries to his credit, he had a chance to register a fourth hundred in Guyana. However answering a question, the unorthodox batsman said that he is not too worried about the milestone.
“I never think about milestones. Whether I am on 47 or 98, I play according to the needs of my team. I hit sixes or fours to reach the milestone. Whatever my team needs, I do that,” he said.
“This was the same day as these last two years. I went out and expressed myself. Everything kept falling in place with the way I batted.”
India and West Indies will now meet in the last two T20Is in Lauderhill, Florida on August 12 and 13.