"I got goosebumps" - Tilak Varma describes the first meet up with MI captain Rohit Sharma
The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League has been the best in its history in many ways. And one of the biggest reasons behind that is that many young cricketers have emerged among the greats of the game and shown their talent to the world. One such young superstar is MI batsman Tilak Verma. The 19-year-old tops the chart as the leading run-scorer among the uncapped Indian batsmen.
He is also the leading run-scorer for the five-time champion Mumbai Indians. Making his way into a team with many international big stars and overshadowed big names speaks volumes about him. And it started at the auction table, when the franchise bought him for INR 1.7 cr. It was a dream come true for a youngster to share the dressing room and play under some greats likes Sachinn Tendulkar, Mahela Jayawardene and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
For a youngster, it is always a great feeling to meet with the legends, and that's what the 19-year-old has revealed. During a cricket show "MI TV" on Star Sports, Tilak disclosed his feelings about his first meetings with Indian and MI skipper Rohit Sharma. He said that he got goosebumps when he first met the skipper. The 19-year-old wanted to hug him but was afraid at the same time. Tilak added, "I was very surprised and nervous when I saw him, and at the same time, I was a little scared too to interact with him."
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Talking about the auction, he said that he was pretty curious and was stuck to the television waiting for his name to come up. And when he saw that it was MI who signed him, it was a dream come true moment. He talked about the team and said that since his childhood he had seen how MI had won matches out of nowhere and that because of Sachin and Rohit he liked the team very much.
So far, the left-hander has scored 368 runs in 12 innings at an average of 40.89 and a strike rate of 132.85. He played an unbeaten innings of 34 against the defending champion to win the game for MI. Talking about his early days, he said that he started playing at the age of 11 under Salam Bayash, who was the most important person in his career. He concluded, "I am very lucky to be picked by the MI team as I got to learn a lot and also got a chance to implement them in the matches."
Many ex-cricketers have been impressed with the maturity shown by the 19-year-old. Even Rohit has praised him and said that in the coming years, he will become a star in all formats for Indian teams.