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MI vs DC: If You Pick On Individuals I Think Tilak Varma Is The Standout – Mahela Jayawardene Hails 19-Year-Old Batter

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Mumbai Indians’ head coach Mahela Jayawardene heaped praise on the 19-year-old batter Tilak Varma and said that he has been the standout performer for the Rohit Sharma and Co. in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

The left-handed batsman Tilak Varma has scored 376 runs for MI in IPL 2022 at an average of 37.60 and a strike rate of 131.4, including two half-centuries.

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Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s game between MI and DC, Jayawardene said that Tilak has been challenging himself in different situations and has responded very well. He said:

“Yeah, I think if you pick on individuals I think Tilak is the standout, scoring almost 400 runs. He’d been asked to do few different roles for us this year, batting at three, batting at four, even at five, and finished a game recently. I think the process for him, he’s been challenging himself in different situations against good bowling units. He’s responded well and shown lots of good qualities along the way.”

At the auction, we made a conscious effort of bringing in youngsters into the squad – Mahela Jayawardene

Tilak Varma and Dewald Brevis
Tilak Varma and Dewald Brevis. Image: BCCI

Mumbai Indians’ head coach further said that they made conscious efforts to acquire the services of youngsters at the Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction.

He added that the Mumbai Indians management is happy to see the performance of youngsters in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. He elaborated:

“At the auction, we made a conscious effort of bringing in youngsters into the squad and we knew that they are talented and exciting prospects. During the season, we had the opportunity to give them games, sometimes in the season where we haven’t been able to. Through that, they have put their hands up and performed.”

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“It’s great for us to see how they handle pressure, how they are in the middle, especially in IPL cricket it’s not easy. So, overall very happy with the way those young guys have reacted to those situations. They’ve learnt a lot and we’ve learnt a lot about them. As a franchise, moving forward, it gives us a lot of options in how we need to rebuild the team.”

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