Indian batsman Tilak Verma has revealed how emotional his family and his childhood coach got when they learned that the left-handed batsman had received his maiden national call-up for the ongoing T20s against the West Indies. His first two IPL(Indian Premier League) seasons for Mumbai Indians as well as impressive performances in domestic cricket helped the youngster break into the team.
He explained how he came to know about it while playing for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy last month. Speaking to Ishan Kishan in a video posted by BCCI on Sunday, here’s what Tilak Varma had to say about his India call-up:
“I was playing Duleep Trophy when the Indian T20I squad was announced. I got to know about my selection and when I called my family and coach, they were a bit emotional so I didn’t speak for too long. My family did cry a bit and my coach was also emotional. He wanted to buy sweets and give them to the entire academy.”
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Tilak Varma on backing his natural game
Tilak Varma has already shown with his game that he is arguably way ahead of his team and the maturity with which he speaks and thinks is a testimony to it. The youngster spoke about the conversation he had with head coach Rahul Dravid in which he got clear instructions to back his natural game and not worry about getting out.
“West Indies are a good T20I side and I just want to focus on my basics and do well. I can get a bit nervous at times as it is my first series but I want to give my hundred percent. I have spoken to Rahul sir in the practice session and I have been backed to play my natural game. In that process if I get out, then it’s okay.”
Verma hit quick 39 runs in vain as India lost by four runs in the first T20. He will wish to ensure that he leads his team to victory in the next matches