Namburi Thakur Tilak Verma is an Indian cricketer, who played for the Indian under-19 cricket team (2020). In February 2022, Tilak was bought by Mumbai Indians, a Mumbai-based franchise cricket team, in the auction of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.
Tilak Verma was born on Friday, 8 November 2002.age 19 years; by 2021) in Hyderabad, Telangana. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet, Hyderabad. He had an inclination towards sports since childhood. At the age of 10, he joined the Liga Sports Academy in Telangana to get his training in cricket. Tilak took training from cricket coach Salaam Bayash.
When Tilak’s father could not afford to continue his son’s cricket coaching, his (Tilak’s) coach took care of all his expenses and ensured that he was provided with everything he needed during training .
Height (approx.): 5′ 11
Weight (approx): 70 kg
Hair Color: Black
Eye Colour: brown
Body Measurements (Approximately): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 12
parents and siblings
Tilak Verma’s father Namburi Nagaraju works as an electrician in Hyderabad. He has an elder brother.
On 30 December 2018, Tilak made his first-class debut for Hyderabad (against Andhra) in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy. He played for Hyderabad team in the tournament. Thereafter, he made his Twenty20 debut for Hyderabad in the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on 28 February 2019. He scored 215 runs in seven innings in the tournament at a strike rate of 147.26.
In the same year, on 28 September, Tilak made his List A debut for Hyderabad in the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring 180 runs in five matches. He also took four wickets in the tournament.
In December 2019, he was selected for the Under-19 Indian cricket team for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. However, he failed to make an impact. Tilak played six matches in the competition and scored only 86 runs. He played his first international (under-19) match against Sri Lanka on 19 January 2020 at Mangong Oval, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
In February 2022, Mumbai Indians bought Verma for Rs. 1.9 crores during the 2022 Indian Premier League auction. Though the team lost its first two games, Tilak impressed everyone with his performance during the games. In the second match of the league, Tilak scored a 33-ball 61 against Rajasthan Royals at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Facts / Trivia
- He is a batting all-rounder who plays mostly in the middle order.
- He likes to play cover drives and straight drives.
- Tilak’s batting style is left-handed bat, and his bowling style is right-arm off-break.
- She is an avid dog lover and has a pet dog named Trigger.
- He is an ardent follower of Lord Ganesha.
- His jersey number is 9 (for the Under-19 Indian team as well as for the Mumbai Indians IPL team).
- In April 2022, he became the youngest cricketer to score a half-century for Mumbai-Indians (age 19 years and 145 days).
- During an interview, Tilak recalled his childhood days when he had to wait for even basic things. He said,
My father never says anything. He used to say that it would happen, but due to paucity of money, he could not do much. I broke my bat once. So he said that he would buy a new one, but could not buy it for a long time. I then continued to play with the same broken bat. With a broken bat, I scored the most runs in U-16 cricket. When my coach saw this, he bought me everything I needed. Whatever I am today is because of my coach Salaam sir.”
- During the 2022 Indian Premier League auction, Tilak was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs. 1.9 crores. He earned 8.5 times his base price, as his bidding started at Rs. 2 million. In an interview, when Verma was asked about the reaction of his parents and coach when they heard about his IPL bid, he said,
The day the IPL auction was going on, I was on a video call with my coach. My coach shed tears as the bids kept going high. After I was picked up, I called my parents. He also started crying when he called. My mother was struggling to get the words out. Papa could not even speak. I said that I have been selected for Mumbai Indians. I didn’t even know what to say! Then I said that I am disconnecting the phone. It was the most emotional moment of my life.”
- In an interview, Verma expressed his desire to buy a house for his parents. He said,
Growing up, we have faced a lot of financial difficulties. My father had to take care of my cricket expenses as well as my elder brother’s education with his meager salary. Over the years, with some sponsorship and match fees, I could just take care of my cricket expenses. We don’t have a house yet. So with whatever I have earned in this IPL, my only aim is to get a house for my parents. This IPL money gives me a chance to play freely throughout my career.