Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar showered praise on Mumbai Indians (MI) batter, Tilak Varma, backing Rohit Sharma’s claim that the 19-year-old can become an all-format player for the Indian team.
Tilak has been the find of the season for MI, playing at different positions in the batting order but racking up runs on a consistent basis. He has scored 368 runs in 12 matches for the 5-time champions, averaging 40.89 and a good strike rate of 132.85.
“Tilak Varma’s temperament in IPL 2022 has been fantastic. In his knock against Chennai Super Kings, he walked into the middle when the team was under pressure. But the way he dealt in ones and twos (early on) was impressive.”
“He played a wide range of shots and kept rotating the strike. This shows that he has a good cricketing head on his shoulders, and I think that’s important,” Gavaskar said in a conversation on Cricket Live, a Star Sports show.
“Technically he’s right, I hope that he carries on” – Sunil Gavaskar
Having the potential is never enough and Gavaskar expects Tilak to continue working hard and break into the Indian squad. The 19-year-old will also have great backing as MI’s management is known to mold players into future world-beaters.
“He’s got the basics right. Technically he’s right. He gets right behind the line of the ball. He’s got a straight bat, and while defending on the front foot his bat is close to the pad.
“So, all his basics are right. With all the right basics you’ve got to marry the temperament and that marriage we have seen is very good at the moment.”
“I hope that he carries on. Rohit (Sharma) rightly mentioned that he could be an all-format player for India. So now it’s up to him to work that little bit extra, get his fitness going, get a little tighter as far as the technique is concerned, and prove Rohit right,” Gavaskar concluded.