Young Tilak Verma is one of the next generation of star batsmen


Tilak Verma made his mark in the IPL a season before Rinku Singh, but the youngster from Hyderabad wants to learn the art of 'finishing' close T20 matches from his national teammates. Rinku has shown her potential well in her brief career at the international level. The left-handed batsman, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, has also proved his talent in this T20 tournament. Rinku Singh's six's winning six was not counted due to Nathan Ellis's no-ball in the first T20 International cricket match, but his batting well in the death overs was appreciated by all. India defeated Australia by two wickets in this match.

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"I am learning the art of how to finish a match from Rinku because he has been doing it consistently for India," Tilak said on the eve of the second match of the five-match series. I also want to do that and hopefully I will be able to do that in the coming matches," he said. He has played 11 T20 Internationals for India so far, in which he has scored two half-centuries and his strike rate is more than 140.

"I am not under pressure of expectations. I have a role and I have to play that role for the team. I have to play my role at number five and play long shots or rotate strikes according to the situation," Tilak said.

"In the last match, the leg-spinner was bowling from one end and I wanted to dominate him because we needed 10 runs per over. So it was decided that I will be on the leg-spinner while Surya bhai (Suryakumar Yadav), who has set foot at the crease, will be aggressive against the fast bowlers," Tilak said. "Before this series, I played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and my performance was good. I was confident about my performance and so I didn't work on any particular area but my aim was to maintain my good form," he said.