Hyderabad batter Tilak Varma opened up on his ambition to buy a house for his family from the current IPL 2022 contract with Mumbai Indians. Tilak, who has played 15 T20 matches for Hyderabad, was bought by Mumbai Indians for INR 1.7 crore in the IPL 2022 auction.
Tilak scored 63 against Chandigarh in the second innings as Hyderabad started their Ranji Trophy 2022 campaign with a 217-run victory in Cuttack and followed up with a brilliant 90 against Bengal in the second game.
This IPL money gives me the luxury to play freely for the rest of my career: Tilak Varma
The 19-year-old opened up about his financial troubles and how his father supported him to live up to his dreams. Tilak wants to purchase a house for his parents with whatever he earns in IPL 2022.
“The day the IPL auction was going on, I was on a video call with my coach. My coach started tearing up when the bids kept going higher. After I was picked up, I called up my parents. They too started crying over the call. My mother was struggling to get words out,” Tilak told Cricbuzz.
“Growing up, we’ve had a lot of financial difficulties. My father with his meagre salary had to look after my cricket expenses as well as my elder brother’s studies. In the last few years, with some sponsorship and match fees, I could just about take care of my cricketing expenses.
“We don’t own a house as yet. So with whatever I have earned in this IPL, my only aim is to get a house for my parents. This IPL money gives me the luxury to play freely for the rest of my career,” he added.
MI vs RR: Tilak Varma hit maiden IPL fifty in a losing cause
Tilak scored a brisk half-century against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai Indians’ second match. The youngster scored 61 off 33 balls, including three boundaries and five sixes, at a strike rate of 184.85.
He was involved in an alliance of 81 runs with wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan for the third wicket, however, MI lost the match by 23 runs. MI will play its next match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 6 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.