Experts praise Tilak Varma for his match-winning performances against West Indies

9 August, 2023

India’s splendid victory in the third T20I against West Indies was like a thrilling movie. They won by seven wickets on August 8 in Guyana, bouncing back strong after being behind 0-2. Tilak Varma, the young player, played a big role by scoring an unbeaten 49 runs, helping India win convincingly.

Tilak Varma has been in great form, and this was his third match in a row where he scored more than thirty runs. He stayed on the field till the end, and his 49 runs were crucial in India’s win by seven wickets. Follow your favorite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet Cricket.

Pragyan Ojha, a former player, said on Twitter that Varma should be given a chance to bat at No. 4 in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Aakash Chopra, another former player, agreed with Ojha, but he had an extra thought to share.

Chopra explained, “We often forget about players who are not playing right now. The debate about the No. 4 position keeps coming up. We talked about it during the ODI series too. We saw different players trying that spot, like Axar Patel, even though he wasn’t a regular for that position. We were also thinking about Shreyas Iyer or KL Rahul. When they come back, I believe Tilak should wait. But if they’re not available right now, why not give Tilak a chance?”

RP Singh, who also talked about this on TV, agreed with Ojha and Chopra. He liked how Varma understood the game well and took smart risks.

“He has checked all the right boxes. What’s most impressive is how fearless he is from the first ball. He doesn’t just swing the bat; he plans where to hit the ball. He understands the game’s pace and rhythm, and that helps him take well-calculated risks,” Singh said.

“I think he’s ready. He has played well in the Indian league and IPL. He knows he has scored well there, but international matches are different. You need to prepare well, know which bowlers are playing, and which ones you can hit for big shots,” Singh added.

In the three matches of the series so far, Varma has registered scores of 39, 51, and 49* respectively. He is averaging an impressive 69.50 runs per innings, while going at a strike-rate of 139. The youngster has added some much-needed flair and solidity to India’s middle-order.