The 17-year-old Tilak Varma from Hyderabad recently gained recognition after he struck a century against Pakistan in the U19 Asia Cup quarterfinal in September last year. He followed it up with another ton for India B against India C in the U-19 One-Day Challenger Trophy match. The left-hander has trained under coach Salay Bayash at the Legala Cricket Academy since he was 10. In an interview with Sportstar, Bayash claimed that Tilak scored 460 runs with two centuries and two fifties in a South Zone U-14 grade match. Tilak made his Ranji Trophy debut against Andhra last season at Vizianagaram, but he failed to shine with the bat. But he was impressive in the recently concluded series against Afghanistan U19 and South Africa U19, where he contributed with both bat and ball. … [Read more...] about ICC U19 World Cup: A world record holder, a Kargil war veteran’s son and a host of talent – All you need to about India U19 team
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It’s easy to get carried away about young talent but Ollie Pope’s fusion of a classical technique with new-age scoring options (those ramps off Rabada) is rare. Perhaps only Ben Stokes & Kevin Pietersen have managed it for a sustained period at Test level for England. #SAvENG … [Read more...] about Ollie Pope scores maiden Test century against South Africa
It was a warning Leicester failed to heed and New Zealand striker Wood made them pay in the 56th minute when he tapped in his ninth league goal of the season after Kasper Schmeichel pushed Mee’s header into his path. … [Read more...] about Burnley on the up as Westwood’s late strike stuns Leicester