'Future of Indian cricket' - Twitter overjoyed as Tilak Varma makes India debut
Tilak Varma rose to the limelight in IPL 2022 when he finished as the second-highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians.
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India are locking horns with West Indies in the first T20I of the five-match series on Thursday, August 03 at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad. West Indies captain Rovman Powell has won the toss and elected to bat first. The Men in Blue have handed debut caps to seamer Mukesh Kumar and Tilak Varma for the first game.
Varma will be making his first-ever appearance in international cricket on the back of stupendous performances in the Indian Premier League. The Hyderabad-born batter rose to the limelight in his debut season in IPL in 2022 where he amassed 397 runs in 14 innings and finished as the second-highest run scorer for Mumbai Indians.
He further scored another 343 runs in the recent season in 2023 from 11 innings at an average of 42.87 with one fifty. Varma is known for his hard-hitting ability and his ability to attack spinners. The 20-year-old will look to the most of his opportunity and get his international career off to a rollicking start.
On the other hand, Mukesh Kumar will also be making his T20I debut, having already made his ODI and Test debuts earlier on the tour. Notably, the 29-year-old has become the second player to make his debut across all three formats on the same tour. T. Natarajan was the last player to achieve the feat during India’s historic tour to Australia in 2020-21.
India become second team to play 200 T20Is
Meanwhile, the first T20I will also mark India’s 200th appearance in the shortest format of international cricket. The Men in Blue played their first ever T20I way back in 2006 against South Africa in Johannesburg captained by Virender Sehwag.
India have become the second team to play 200 T20Is and are also the second most successful team (127 wins) in the format (in terms of matches won) behind Pakistan who have won 134 matches out of 223 played. The Hardik Pandya-led side will look to mark the momentous occasion with a victory in the first game.
Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz with reactions on Tilak Varma making his international debut.
Here are some of the Tweets:
Tilak Varma the future of Indian team making his International debut today. pic.twitter.com/k9yfwvO2TK— VECTOR⁴⁵🕉️ (@Vector_45R) August 3, 2023
Tilak Varma is making his International cricket debut. Go well make it big my boy 💙 pic.twitter.com/ytFyi5nfds— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) August 3, 2023
Many congrats to our boy Tilak Varma on his T20I debut.— Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) August 3, 2023
The lad is the future of Indian Cricket. pic.twitter.com/gyo16ZcX3j
After so many days, we will witness the KUL-CHA duo together 😍😍India is playing with three spinners- Axar, Chahal, and Kuldeep. Tilak Varma and Mukesh Kumar to debut for India. #WIvsIND #INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/DILlq8sUhp— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) August 3, 2023
My man Tilak Varma making his international debut today. One of the new generation of player's who excites me so much to watch them play. Hope he makes it big in blues tonight. pic.twitter.com/1DHQj37ZhG— Heisenberg ☢ (@internetumpire) August 3, 2023
Debut for my man Tilak Varma. ❤️— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) August 3, 2023
Mumbai Indians has given another superstar to Indian team. You'll hear this name for a long time. pic.twitter.com/KQWFdGcjwB