Mumbai, May 12: In a forgettable season for the Mumbai Indians, young left-handed batsman Tilak Varma has been a bright spot, becoming the franchise’s best running back with 334 runs in eleven games at an average of 37.11 and a strike rate of 136.32.
Receiving praise from everyone for his fluid stroke play, Varma considers himself lucky to have been chosen by Mumbai in the IPL Mega Auction earlier this year.
“I am very lucky to play for Mumbai Indians because they had legendary cricketers in the team like Mahela sir, Sachin sir. I am very lucky to be picked by the IM team because I learned a lot and also got a chance to implement in the games,” Varma said on Star Sports’ MI TV program.
Varma recalled watching the mega auction proceedings and recalled choosing it over Mumbai as a “dream come true”. “From the first day of the auction I was glued to the television as I anxiously waited for my name to appear on the screen and later when I saw that I was selected for the IM team, it was a dream come true moment. “. “Since childhood, I have been watching Rohit sir, Sachin sir, and MI has always managed to come back and win the match in any circumstance, so that is the only reason why I like MI so much.” Remembering the first time he met Captain Rohit Sharma, Varma was dazzled. “When I first saw Rohit Sharma, I got goosebumps on my arm. I wanted to hug him and convey my admiration, but I was very surprised and nervous when I saw him and at the same time I was also a little scared.” interact with him.” Varma, 19, who was part of India’s squad during the 2020 U-19 Men’s World Cup, credited his coach in Hyderabad, Salam Bayash, for getting him to where he is today.
“I started my cricket journey when I was just 11 years old. My coach Salam Bayash is the main person in my life who encouraged me to play cricket and taught me how to play in every situation. He plays a very important role in my life. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been playing cricket today, so all credit goes to him.”