Mumbai Indians (MI) has been witnessing a disastrous outing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as they were the first team to get eliminated from the race to the IPL Playoffs after suffering eight consecutive losses. Among the ups and downs during the season, one player, who has been consistent in terms of scoring runs for MI was Tilak Varma. MI skipper Rohit Sharma has special praise for the young southpaw after he steered MI to victory in a low-scoring encounter against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
In IPL 2022, Tilak Varma scored 368 runs in 12 innings – the most by a teenage player in an IPL season, breaking Rishabh Pant’s record of 366 runs in 2017. On Thursday, during MI vs CSK match, Varma played an unbeaten 34 off 32 balls to guide the team to victory. During the post-match ceremony, Rohit Sharma heaped praise on the youngster and called him an ‘all-format player’ for India in the near future.
While speaking during the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said “He’s been brilliant playing for the first year. Having such a calm head is never easy and in my opinion, I feel he’s going to be an all-format player for India pretty soon. He’s got technique, he’s got the temperament, which is the most important thing when you play at the highest level”.
He further added, “So, I think a lot of things are looking bright for him and there is hunger. When you speak to him, there’s a hunger to do well and finish games and have some success as well. I think he’s on the right path; he just needs to keep growing and see how he can improve and get better as a player.”
It was a low-scoring encounter between MI and CSK at Wankhede on Thursday. MI won the toss and chose to field first and the decision by Rohit Sharma worked for the team CSK was struggling at 17/4. MS Dhoni remained unbeaten and scored 36 runs however he ran out of partners as the Men in Yellow were bowled out for just 97 runs.
During MI’s chase, CSK pacers Simarjeet Singh and Mukesh Choudhary scalped four wickets in the powerplay, but Tilka Varma stayed unbeaten on 34 off 32 balls and along with Hrithik Shokeen and Tim David (16* off 7) steered the team to victory.