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“Suresh Raina and Rohit Bhai have been my inspiration since I was a kid…” Tilak Verma said after the second T20

Young batsman Tilak Verma believes his brilliant start in international cricket is the gift of constant guidance from his mentor Rohit Sharma. Verma has put in an excellent performance in the first two T20 games against the West Indies.

Tilak Verma scored half a century in the second game. Although India lost that game too. After the game he said that Rohit Bhaiya always tells me to enjoy the game. He always tells how to play.

He further said: “My inspiration since childhood has been Suresh Raina Bhai and Rohit Bhai. I spend most of my time with Rohit Bhai. At the first IPL he said Tilak can play in all formats and that gave me confidence.”

On the second game he said: “The wicket was slow and we thought 150-160 would be a good result at first. Credit goes to Pooran who batted brilliantly. We knew that if we had just one wicket we could save the game because the wicket wasn’t easy. West Indies bowled well. They took advantage of the strong winds.

After shooting for half a century, he dedicated his celebration to Rohit’s daughter, Samaira, with whom he is very close. He told reporters it was for Sammy. Rohit Bhai’s daughter. I am very close to him. I told him that every time I reach half a century or a century, the celebration will be for him.

Speaking of his debut in international cricket, Verma said: “International cricket is not easy. It requires constant performance. Discipline is required on and off the field. If all of that is right, good results will be achieved.”

He also praised India coach Rahul Dravid, saying: “I’ve spoken to Rahul since the days of the U-19 World Cup, sir. He always says to stick to your basics and enjoy the game.”

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