On Thursday, the 20-year-old cricket sensation, Tilak Varma, showcased his extraordinary talent as he made his international debut for India in a T20 match against West Indies. In a thrilling display of fielding prowess, Varma grabbed the limelight with a spectacular running catch to dismiss the dangerous Johnson Charles.
The Indian team continued their trend of fielding young talents in the shortest format of the game, providing opportunities to emerging players. In this match, they handed debuts to both Tilak Varma and Mukesh Kumar. After winning the toss, the visitors opted to bowl first, and their decision paid off as they managed to take wickets at regular intervals, keeping the West Indies at 80/3 after 10 overs.
While Yuzvendra Chahal made early breakthroughs during the powerplay, it was Tilak Varma’s acrobatics that stole the show. In the eighth over, Johnson Charles was facing Kuldeep Yadav and attempted a slog sweep towards cow corner. The ball spiraled high in the air, creating a gap in the field, seemingly destined for a safe landing. However, Varma had other plans.
Positioned at deep midwicket, he displayed remarkable speed and agility, keeping his eyes locked on the ball. In an incredible display of athleticism, Varma executed a perfect dive in front of him, securing the catch with utmost precision. His teammates rushed to celebrate the remarkable feat, while Charles departed after facing just six deliveries.
Tilak Varma has been making waves in the cricketing world, especially after his impressive performances for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023. His outstanding fielding skills have earned him high praise on social media, as cricket fans and experts alike acknowledge his extraordinary talent and potential on the international stage.
“𝗛𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗴𝗲.”@TilakV9
— FanCode (@FanCode) August 3, 2023
Here is how the netizens reacted to the catch from Tilak Varma:
— Ash (@Ashsay_) August 3, 2023
WHAT A CATCH BY TILAK VERMA #INDvWI 🔥
— I Love India 🇮🇳 (@JaiGehlot2023) August 3, 2023
Tilak verma what a catch man 👽
— Saurabh (@Always__Saurabh) August 3, 2023
Stunning catch by Tilak Verma.
As well as his first catch of international career. pic.twitter.com/263Tx72Mbs
— Aru💫 (@Aru_Ro45) August 3, 2023
— Chirayu Bhageria (@CricketChirayu) August 3, 2023
WHAT A CATCH BY THE DEBUTANT 🔥 Tilak Verma
— Yichoo (@Yicho314) August 3, 2023
— Ashmin Aryal (@aryal_ashmin) August 3, 2023