As a 20-year-old making his debut for the Indian cricket team, the pressure could have been overwhelming for Tilak Varma. However, he has consistently shown that he is no ordinary player. During his international debut against West Indies, he displayed his brilliance with a remarkable running catch to dismiss the dangerous Johnson Charles.
India has been known for giving opportunities to young talents in T20 cricket, and in this match, Tilak Varma and Mukesh Kumar were handed their debuts. As the visitors chose to bowl first, they managed to take wickets at regular intervals, limiting the hosts to 80/3 after 10 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal got the first two breakthroughs in the powerplay, but it was Tilak Varma who stole the show with his exceptional catch in the eighth over.
Facing Kuldeep Yadav, Johnson Charles attempted a slog sweep towards cow corner, but he mistimed the shot, sending the ball high in the air. At first, it seemed the ball would land safely, but Varma had different plans. Positioned at deep midwicket, he sprinted tirelessly, never losing sight of the ball, and finally made a brilliant diving catch in front of him to dismiss Charles. His teammates celebrated the moment while Charles made his way back to the pavilion after facing just six deliveries.
Watch Tilak Varma’s Sensational Debut catch
"𝗛𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗴𝗲.”@TilakV9
— FanCode (@FanCode) August 3, 2023
Tilak Varma had already gained attention in the IPL 2023 with impressive performances for Mumbai Indians, and now, his catch on the international stage earned him even more praise on social media. His future in the Indian cricket team looks promising, and fans are eagerly looking forward to seeing more of his exceptional skills in the matches to come.
— Hitler Mishra (@HitlerMish5814) August 3, 2023
— Ash (@Ashsay_) August 3, 2023
Stunning catch by Tilak Verma.
As well as his first catch of international career. pic.twitter.com/263Tx72Mbs
— Aru💫 (@Aru_Ro45) August 3, 2023