We don’t have a house yet, but I’ll buy one with my IPL earnings: Tilak Varma plays for MI. Mumbai Indians has unearthed many gems over the years, and Tilak Varma is the latest addition to that list.
Tilak Varma only needed a couple of innings to establish himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The Mumbai Indians purchased the southpaw in an auction for INR 1.7 crore, and the youngster is repaying the team’s management’s faith. Despite the fact that the Mumbai Indians lost their first two games, Tilak impressed everyone with scores of 22 and 61. Furthermore, he scored these runs at an incredible combined strike rate of 173.
MI has unearthed many gems over the years, from Jasprit Bumrah to Hardik Pandya, and Tilak is the latest to join that list. Meanwhile, the southpaw’s path to the top has not been easy. The 19-year-old hails from Hyderabad and comes from a low-income family. He rose to prominence through some outstanding performances at the junior level.
Tilak Varma: We had a lot of financial problems growing up
While he was a member of India’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, the youngster was unable to light up the tournament. Despite this, his exploits on the domestic circuit earned him a lucrative IPL contract. Varma, recalling his financial difficulties, stated that he now intends to buy a house for his family.
“Growing up, we’ve had a lot of financial difficulties. My father with his meagre salary had to look after my cricket expenses as well as my elder brother’s studies. In the last few years, with some sponsorship and match fees, I could just about take care of my cricketing expenses,” Varma was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“At the moment, we don’t own a home.” So, with whatever money I earn from the IPL, my only goal is to buy a house for my parents. “IPL money allows me to play freely for the rest of my career,” he added. Meanwhile, Varma revealed how his family and coach became emotional when they saw his bid in the mega auction.
“I was on a video call with my coach on the day of the IPL auction.” When the bids continued to rise, my coach began to cry. I called my parents after I was picked up. They, too, began to cry as a result of the phone call. “My mother was having difficulty speaking,” he added.