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Tilak Varma story: How a kind coach helped an electrician’s son become Mumbai Indians cricketer

Tilak Verma is a resident of Hyderabad, who was fond of playing cricket as almost every child is in childhood. One day Tilak was playing with tennis ball and coach Salaam Bayesh was watching him. After the game was over Salaam asked Tilak for which club do you play. He replied that I come here to play on Sundays.. Tilak was 11 years old at that time.. Tilak Verma’s father Namburi Nagraj was an electrician by profession, he used to earn a living by doing electrical work but his status was son Tilak Coach Salaam Bayash had full faith in himself that this boy would one day become a big player.

Coach Salaam Bayash assured Tilak’s father that you should let him play cricket and have faith in me. He also said that you should keep feeding him on time.. Tilak’s father forbade him for any work. But he himself was struggling with financial constraints. Once Tilak’s bat broke, father said he will get a new one, but due to financial constraints, he could not get it.

Not only admission, Salam used to make him sit on his bike at 6 in the morning, take him to Lingampalli, about 40 km away from Barkas, and drop him at 7 in the evening.. Tilak used to sleep on the back of his coach bike due to fatigue while returning.. Later, Salaam persuaded Tilak’s father to shift him to the academy where Nagaraju also got a job as an electrician.

Slowly, Tilak’s hard work started paying off because of being a left-handed batsman, he quickly came in the eyes of the people..First played U-16 then U-19 and came to the senior team of Hyderabad..U-19 of 2020 Be a part of the World Cup team. But Tilak came into the public eye by scoring two centuries in the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy and Mumbai Indians bought Tilak in the 2022 auction for 1 crore 70 lakhs, his base price was 20 lakhs and he was an uncapped player. Since then, Tilak Verma has been doing consistently well for Mumbai Indians.

In 2022, Tilak’s score was 397 runs in 14 IPL matches at a strike rate of 130, while this year in 2023, he scored 248 runs in 8 matches at a strike rate of 150.  It is rumored that the Mumbai Indians are preparing Tilak to take over as captain.


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