Former India player RP Singh added that Tilak Varma’s excellent performances in the ongoing T20I series between India and the West Indies have put him in contention for a place in other formats for India as well. However, the Windies set a 160-run target in the third T20I in Guyana on Tuesday, August 8 and Suryakumar Yadav’s aggressive 44-ball 83 and Varma’s responsible unbeaten 49 off 37 helped them register a comfortable seven-wicket win with 13 balls to spare.
During a discussion on JioCinema, Singh said: “He has put in his slip and everyone should read it as well. No. 4, left-handed batter – he ticks all the boxes. When he was selected for the T20 format, his List A career was checked. He was a proper List A player before the IPL. He used to build his innings and win matches for his team. He values his wicket. You wouldn’t see him playing too many shots while stepping out. He chooses shots that are close to being technically correct. He has changed his game slightly in the T20 format.”
However, Tilak Varma has an exceptional record in List A cricket. The youngster has smashed 1236 runs in 25 innings at an excellent average of 56.18 and an impressive strike rate of 101.64. RP Singh also opined on how Tilak Varma chooses his shots as well. Meanwhile, Varma hit four fours and a six during his unbeaten 49-run knock ad well.
“The good thing about his batting is that he drives the first ball if it is there for the drive, he has a fearless approach for sure, but he also sees where to hit the ball. It is not that you go and hit sixes. He played a drive and then made room to hit a four with an upper cut. He understands the game very well. He is seeing the length of the deliveries and figuring out where to play them. He plays risky shots but they are calculated. So he is also judging the game well,” RP Singh concluded.