Ambati Rayudu says he is all excited to see how Thakur Tilak Varma shapes up in the season ahead. For, he believes Tilak to be one of the best young talent to emerge from Hyderabad and that he can go a long way if he complements his potential with the desired hard work and determination.
Tilak, who cracked a century against Pakistan in the league phase of the recent Asia Cup (under-19) championship in Sri Lanka and is set to make his Vijay Hazare Trophy debut soon, is on a high in terms of confidence.
“After the century against Pakistan, I feel more confident, if not complacent. Those are the kind of innings which can change your attitude. I am feeling much better after that knock,” said 17-year-old Tilak in a chat with The Hindu.
“I am grateful to my coaches Paras Mhambrey Sir and Hrishikesh Kanitkar Sir for their invaluable inputs in Sri Lanka. It is not just the kind of appreciation they have shown after my century but the way they made me believe that I can do even better,” said the young batting talent, who scored 779 runs in the last Cooch Behar Trophy.
Tilak, who also toured England with the India under-19 squad, is thrilled at the huge opportunity of playing under Rayudu. He says the senior has always adviced him on how to play on different kinds of wickets, what should be the approach against different types of bowlers and importantly, how to build an innings.
“My primary objective now is to stay focussed. I would like to take it step by step and back myself with consistent scores at all levels,” Tilak, who scored five and 34 in his only Ranji Trophy game against Andhra last December in Vizianagaram, said.
“These are the traits which my childhood coach Salam Bayyash sir (at Legala Cricket Academy, BHEL) taught me from the early days.
Work on technique
Tilak, who believes that he is good playing the drives and pulls, feels he has to work on his patience and technique.
“I want to capitalise on every single opportunity that comes my way and that is why I look at Vijay Hazare Trophy as a huge platform to move one step further,” a confident Tilak said.