'For my Mom, Best Friend Sammy': Tilak Varma on Why he Lifted His Jersey to Celebrate Half-century in Asian Games Semi-final
In India's commanding nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Asian Games semi-final, Tilak Varma was in outstanding form.
Tilak Varma has revealed why he lifted his shirt to reveal tattoos of his parents to celebrate his quickfire half-century. The kid was on fire as he smashed two fours and six sixes in his unbeaten 26-ball 55 against Bangladesh in the Asian Games men's cricket semi-final in China.
India won by a devastating nine-wicket margin after chasing down the tiny goal of 97 in just 9.2 overs.
Tilak completed his second half-century of his T20I career with a six and then celebrated in a unique style, which he dedicated to his mother after promising her that he would score a fifty or win India a game if India went through a rough spell.
He also stated that Rohit Sharma's daughter Samaira was invited to his celebration.
Tilak had dedicated his celebration to Samaira when he struck his first T20I fifty during the West Indies trip.
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Meanwhile, India dominated Bangladesh earlier in the morning to get to the final of the Asian Games. They were given a fright by Nepal in the quarter-finals earlier this week, but stepped up in the last-four stage.
Gaikwad chose to bowl first, followed by spinners, limiting Bangladesh to 96/9 in 20 overs.
Tilak and Gaikwad then began pummeling Bangladeshi bowlers to all parts of the park after India lost Yashasvi Jaiswal early in the chase.
Tilak finished unbeaten on 55 off 26 balls, while Gaikwad added 40 not out as India reached the mark in 9.2 overs.