Young batsman Tilak Varma spoke about his first Indian call-up and said that it is something important for him. He also revealed that after his name appeared on the team, his parents cried and he talked to his friends and coaches after he was named on the team.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday (July 5) named the Indian squad for the upcoming five-match series against the West Indies. The team once again saw the older ones rest and Hardik Pandya take charge of the young team.
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One of the exciting names to make the cut in the squad was Tilak Varma. The Mumbai Indians batsman got the first call up from him and it is fair to say that he was one of the most deserving candidates for the Indian team.
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Tilak Varma has shown a lot of promise in recent years both on the domestic circuit and in the IPL as he has played many excellent shots against some high quality bowling and rescued the Mumbai Indians all on his own.
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Tilak Varma, who played a vital 46-run hand in a difficult situation for his team in the ongoing Duleep Trophy semi-final, revealed that he made a video of how his parents reacted to his selection.
Tilak Varma, who touted his selection as a big deal, said that his focus is currently on the ongoing Duleep Trophy and he also talked about the same. Speaking to Indian Express, he explained:
“My mom and dad were literally crying yesterday (Wednesday). I made a video call to them and they were very excited. My coach (Salam Bayash) also had the same reaction, very emotional. He was thinking about my process. He wasn’t thinking of anything else. I was thinking about the matches that were coming my way, I should focus on them and when the team came to me, I was happy, It’s a great thing to be selected for the Indian team.
I talked to some of my childhood friends and my parents and the coach who have accompanied me on the trip. And I also had to think about tomorrow’s challenge (hitting on Day 2), how to hit and everything. Even in his sleep, he was thinking about the selection. It’s a great thing (the national team) but I put it aside because I have a game to win for the South Zone. That is the most important. Things went well, but unfortunately we didn’t get a grand total, but we’re still looking for an outright win.”
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Tilak Varma went on to say that he will back himself in any situation and also highlighted how he got information from Kieron Pollard to hit in the middle order. He explained:
“I will always back myself in any situation. I try to be clear in my mentality because Pollard was the main guy who used to do the job for us in that situation and he always tells me to be calm and focus on the next ball and when he’s in shape he can hit your shots.”
Tilak Varma, who has received valuable advice from Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, said he has been told by the big boys to watch the match on the eve of the game. He also revealed that he is working on the mentality when the team will be down four or five by 40-50 runs. He said:
“They always tell me that when you are in the room on the eve of the game, you always think about how you will hit tomorrow. That helps me visualize how to bat, even in a World Cup, if you’re four or five wickets down for 40 or 50, how you take the game. That’s the kind of mindset I’m working on to help me keep going. It’s getting easier and easier for me to do this.”
The T20I series between the West Indies and India will start on August 3 and conclude on August 13.
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