Tilak Varma

Namboori Thakur Tilak Varma, an Indian cricketer who plays as a left-handed batsman and occasionally as an off-spinner, was born on November 8, 2002, and made his debut for his country on August 3, 2023, against the West Indies. He currently plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and Hyderabad in domestic play.

Hyderabad is where Tilak Varma was born on November 8, 2002. His mother Gayatri Devi is a stay-at-home mom, while his father Nagaraju Varma was an electrician. Tarun Varma, his younger brother, is born.

At the age of 11, coach Salim Bayash noticed Tilak Varma playing tennis ball cricket. Tilak Varma had shown an early interest in cricket. During his training at the Legala Cricket Academy in Lingampally, Bayash took him under his wing. Until Varma’s family moved closer to the academy, Bayash would drive Varma there and back on his scooter, a trip of more than 40 miles each way.

At Hyderabad’s Crescent Model English School, Varma had his early education. He finished his secondary school at Lepakshi Junior College in Hyderabad and is currently enrolled in Andhra University to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Domestic career

On December 30, 2018, he made his first-class debut for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy for the 2018–19 season. He played in seven matches and scored 215 runs at a strike rate of 147.26 for the tournament. On February 28, 2019, he made his Twenty20 debut for Hyderabad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for the 2018–19 season.

On September 28, 2019, he made his List A debut for Hyderabad in the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He played in five games during the tournament, scoring 180 runs while also taking four wickets.

He was included in India’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in December 2019. He participated in the competition for six games, but only 86 runs were scored.

In five games at the 2021–22 Vijay Hazare Trophy, he scored 180 runs and claimed four wickets.

Indian Premier League

He was purchased by the Mumbai Indians in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League competition in February 2022. Mumbai Indians paid 1.7 crore for him, which was higher than the standard price of Rs. 20 lakh. At the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, he scored a 33-ball-61 against Rajasthan Royals in the league’s second game.

In their opening game in the 2023 Indian Premier League, he struck an 84 off 46 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in April 2023. He scored 43 runs off just 14 balls against Gujarat Titans in the playoff game.

International career

He received his first call-up to the Indian cricket team in July 2023 for the T20I series on the squad’s trip of the West Indies. On August 3, 2023, in the opening game of the series, he made his T20I debut. He led India in scoring with 39 off just 22 deliveries, and in the same game, he also managed to take 2 catches.

In the second T20 encounter he played against the West Indies on August 6, 2023, he scored his maiden fifty of his international career. After Rohit Sharma, he became the second-youngest Indian to reach 50 in a Men’s T20I.

Additionally, he has been included in the Indian squads for both the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, and the three-match T20I tour of Ireland.

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