Rising star Tilak Varma, fresh off a scintillating century in the Ranji Trophy, has dropped a bombshell: his sights are set on the T20 World Cup later this year, and he dreams of helping India lift the coveted trophy. Varma also spoke about his idol, former Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, ahead of IPL 2024.

In an interview with Sportstar, the 21-year-old revealed his dedication to team success, emphasizing that personal milestones like centuries always take a backseat. This philosophy has served him well, propelling him into the national spotlight thanks to his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and now for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy.

With the IPL fast approaching, Varma views it as another crucial opportunity to shine. He reaffirms his commitment to Mumbai Indians, highlighting their unwavering support and the immense influence of former captain Rohit Sharma.

What did Tilak Varma said about Rohit Sharma?

“I have been doing what my franchisee Mumbai Indians has been looking for from my side. Focussing on the team’s needs and trying to be consistent. Whatever role I am assigned I am ready for the challenge,” Tilak said.

“Thankfully, Mumbai Indians has been a great franchise for me, always backing me right from the start, mostly playing me in the eleven which is itself a huge morale-booster. With Rohit Sharma bhai being such a successful captain and also my childhood idol, I have been in such a comfort zone, and I am lucky to have played under him,” he explained

IPL 2024: Future of Tilak with Mumbai Indians?

He acknowledges the significant role his IPL exploits played in earning him an India call-up, but humbly downplays any drastic changes in his game after joining the franchise. “A little bit of maturity, a different mindset playing with seniors… helped me a lot,” he reflects.

Looking ahead, Tilak Varma identifies areas for improvement: consistency, strike rate, and maximizing scoring opportunities. He’s determined to play freely and make the most of every chance he gets.

Reflecting on his journey, Tilak Varma expresses gratitude for his parents and coach, acknowledging their unwavering support and sacrifices. He also acknowledges the change in his life since representing India, crediting their belief in him.

But the future holds a new chapter: Hardik Pandya takes over as Mumbai Indians captain, replacing Rohit Sharma. It will be interesting to see how this change impacts Varma’s role and growth within the team.

Whether he continues to thrive under Pandya’s leadership or carves his own path, one thing remains certain: Tilak Varma’s journey is far from over, and his eyes are firmly set on achieving international glory.

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