Indian cricketer Tilak Varma’s childhood coach Salam Bayash has said that Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise has played a big role in shaping his career. Salam Bayash’s comments arrive after Tilak Varma was picked for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies and Asian Games 2023.
Tilak Varma is an uncapped player. He has been part of Mumbai Indians for the last few seasons. He showcased an amazing form in IPL 2023, smacking 343 runs in 11 games at an average of 42+. The left-handed batter held a strike rate of 164+ while batting in the tournament. After his good show, he earned a national call-up.
Mumbai Indians Have Played A Big Role In Tilak Varma’s Career: Childhood Coach Salam Bayash
During an interview with Times of India, Tilak Varma’s childhood coach Salam Bayash credited Mumbai Indians for playing a big role in the young batter’s career. Bayash also said that the franchise groomed him well over the years.
“Mumbai Indians have played a big role in his career. They have groomed him. Mumbai Indians is a team where a player enters as a lump of clay and then the management moulds him, shapes him, strengthens him, and colours him for brighter prospects. Tilak is one of those players. The practice system is very good. They get a player 90 percent ready in practice itself”, Salam Bayash said.
Salam Bayash also said that batting legend Sachin Tendulkar also gave immense support to Tilak Varma. Sachin Tendulkar is the mentor of Mumbai Indians franchise.
“The God of cricket is there. No one can teach you better than the God of cricket. His advice and tips can make a batter’s career. Tilak is thankful that he got the opportunity to grow in such an environment and reach this level. His (Sachin’s) support and encouragement were immense in Tilak’s career,” the coach further said.
Praising Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, Bayash said that the Indian skipper gives a lot of freedom and liberty to Tilak Varma.
“Rohit is a fantastic captain. He gave a lot of freedom and liberty to Tilak. Tilak always says Rohit tells him ‘tu khul ke khel na, tension nahi lene ka’ (Just play freely, don’t be stressed). That freedom has given Tilak confidence,” Bayash said.
According to Balam, Suryakumar Yadav should be credited to teach smart hitting to Tilak Varma. The coach also recalled how Yadav told him that he will take care of Tilak Varma in the Mumbai Indians team.
“Tilak was very good in cross shots and over-the-cover shots but slowly he started smart hitting. I would give credit to Suryakumar Yadav for this. When Surya, along with Sachin sir, Rohit, Arjun Tendulkar, Ishan Kishan, Shams Mulani, Dewald Brevis, and others visited Tilak’s house for a dinner party, he (Suryakumar) came to me and and, ‘sir, don’t worry. Tilak is talented and he is in safe hands. I will take care of him),” Bayash further recalled.
Tilak Varma has only played two IPL seasons and managed to get a national call. The left-handed batsman smacked 397 runs in IPL 2022 at an average of 36+.
In the 2023 season, he came up with another brilliant show, smashing 343 runs in just 11 games. Overall, Varma has an average of 38.95 and a strike rate of 144+ in 25 IPL games.