In match five of the Indian Premier League 2023, Mumbai Indians batsman Tilak Varma played a memorable knock, saving his team from a disastrous batting collapse against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He batted for the entire innings, contributing an unbeaten 84 runs off 46 balls with the help of 9 fours and 4 sixes as MI reached a respectable 171 for 7 in 20 overs.
When MI were reduced to 20 for in 5.2 overs, Tilak walked out to bat. Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, and Rohit Sharma, Mumbai’s top three batters, had all returned to the dugout after contributing little, shifting the burden squarely onto the middle order. Tilak stepped up to the plate and, along with Nehal Wadhera, put together a fifty-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Varma kept his cool and reached fifty off 32 balls as wickets fell around him.
He then switched gears after reaching the landmark and added 48 unanswered runs to the MI innings in a partnership with Arshad Khan for the eighth wicket.
Happiness says it all!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 2, 2023
On Sunday, Varma was the only batsman to contribute to MI’s cause. Karn Sharma, an RCB spinner, took two scalps while allowing 32 runs in his four overs.
Tilak varma you beauty 😍 pic.twitter.com/iHWH85r2tr
— Ansh Shah (@asmemesss) April 2, 2023
He plays for that Mumbai Indians badge that's why he's very special. Tilak Varma is already a Mumbai Indians 🌟 in my book. pic.twitter.com/QoKHSLAgBQ
— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) April 2, 2023
Tilak Varma in IPL for Mumbai:
397 runs from 14 innings in 2022
84*(46) in the first match in 2023
He is just 20-year-old, A player to watch out for the next decade. pic.twitter.com/AsGndZ9dwV
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 2, 2023
Big Alert 🚨.
Tilak Varma is the future.. pic.twitter.com/VMfBqP9uKu
— Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) April 2, 2023