Indian middle-order hitter Tilak Varma said after India’s second straight loss to West Indies in the present T20I series that his side might have won had it scored around 10 more runs. At the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday, the home team successfully chased down the 153-run mark with two wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.
India won the toss and opted to bat, eventually scoring 152 for 7 thanks in major part to Tilak Varma 41-ball 51, his first international half-century. The southpaw came in to bat with India in trouble at 18 for 2 in the fourth over, and he and Shubman Gill (23 balls for 27 runs) and Hardik Pandya (18 balls for 24 runs) helped turn the game around. With Nicholas Pooran’s 40-ball 67, the West Indies easily chased down what seemed like a respectable score on a challenging surface. The Indian team was constantly playing catch-up, despite Hardik Pandya’s hat trick and Yuzvendra Chahal’s two wickets.
After Pooran’s game, Tilak stated, “The wicket was on the slower side and two-paced. We had anticipated a score in the 150-160 range. Even though we came up 10 runs short, our batting performance was solid.
Pooran deserves a lot of praise for his excellent batting performance. The bowlers felt the heat from his pressure. The wicket was a little slower than usual, so we knew that if we could take just one, we would have a chance to win. This one went to the bowler. Unfortunately, the game is so unpredictable that we still could have had a chance to win.
Tilak also acknowledged that the West Indian bowlers adapted their variations to the circumstances adequately. All of their top bowlers were economical, and even though Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, and Akeal Hosein all scored two wickets apiece, the Indian innings never gained any traction.
He said, “They bowled extremely well.” They made excellent use of their sluggish ones and tough distances. They deserve a lot of credit for making good use of the wind. We’ll have a little conversation, regroup, and strike back harder.
Tilak Varma has created an early impact on the international scene, despite the fact that the squad has lost both of its games thus far. Even after the Carribean tour practise sessions, he was able to spend time talking cricket with the Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid, who had been his coach since he was a teenager.
He explained their conversations together by saying, “I’ve been with Rahul sir since the Under-19 world cup.” He insists that I practise at the wicket as often as possible and stick to the fundamentals. Enjoy your game, he says me every time. The same information was relayed to me by Hardik bhai. He said, “You’ve had success in the IPL and at home, so relax and have fun with the game.”