Tilak Varma breaks silence on his 49* controversy


Tilak Varma, the emerging young star of Indian cricket, has asserted his disregard for personal achievements. His statement comes as India embarks on a tour of Ireland, commencing with the first T20I in Dublin on August 18, a Friday.

The 20-year-old player, who faced a contentious situation during the third T20I against West Indies in Georgetown when he was stranded at 49 not out, has now shared his perspective on the matter with JioCinema.

Hailing from Hyderabad, the cricketer had an outstanding debut T20I series against West Indies, amassing 173 runs across five matches at an impressive average of 57.66 and a striking strike rate of 140.65, which included a single half-century.

Additionally, Tilak Varma managed to secure the wicket of Nicholas Pooran in the fifth and final T20I. However, despite his efforts, India fell short in the series, succumbing to a 2-3 defeat against the hosts.

During his conversation with JioCinema, Tilak Varma expressed, “My focus is never on personal milestones. I’m committed to contributing positively to the team’s success.” This remark can be interpreted as an allusion to the controversy surrounding his 49 not out in Guyana’s Providence Stadium. At that juncture, he, as the stand-in captain for Team India, delivered a match-winning six, preventing the left-handed batter from achieving his individual milestone.

Looking ahead, the 20-year-old is geared up to participate in the forthcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland in Dublin. He aims to sustain his batting prowess from the West Indies tour while eyeing to flourish in the European nation. Notably, India secured a narrow victory by a mere 2 runs in the initial T20I match against Ireland. Regrettably, Tilak Verma couldn’t open his account during that match.


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