Tilak Varma recalled coach and parents’ reaction after his maiden India call-up
By SMCS - Aug 6, 2023 6:16 pm
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Talented Indian batter Tilak Varma opened up on how emotional his family and his childhood coach got when they got to know that he had received his first national call-up for the ongoing T20Is against the West Indies. After having a stunning show in his first two IPL seasons for Mumbai Indians and in domestic cricket, the youngster earned the India call-up. He said how he came to know about it while he featured for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy last month as well.

Tilak Varma
Tilak Varma

Speaking to Ishan Kishan in a video posted by BCCI on Sunday, Tilak Varma said: “I was playing Duleep Trophy when the Indian T20I squad was announced. I got to know about my selection and when I called my family and coach, they were a bit emotional so I didn’t speak for too long. My family did cry a bit and my coach was also emotional. He wanted to buy sweets and give them to the entire academy.”

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However, Tilak Varma has already shown his class in the first game. He also spoke about a conversation that he had with head coach Rahul Dravid where he got the instructions to back his natural game and not worry about getting dismissed as well. However, Tilak Varma’s quickfire 39 went in vain as India lost the first T20I by four runs against West Indies.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid

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“West Indies are a good T20I side and I just want to focus on my basics and do well. I can get a bit nervous at times as it is my first series but I want to give my hundred percent. I have spoken to Rahul sir in the practice session and I have been backed to play my natural game. In that process if I get out, then it’s okay,” Tilak Varma concluded.