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Mumbai: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has been quite impressed with the performance of Mumbai Indians young batsman Tilak Verma in IPL 2022, especially with the wide range of performances from the young left-hander.

The 19-year-old Verma, who played for India in the 2020 Men’s Under 19 World Cup in South Africa, has so far scored 83 runs in two matches. Although Mumbai have yet to win a game in IPL 2022, their batting has been promising, especially their 33-ball 61 and a 54-ball 81 against Rajasthan Royals with fellow left-hander Ishan Kishan.

“He (Verma) has shown a lot of potential in both the innings he played for Mumbai Indians. I am impressed by his wide shots – front foot, back foot, sweep. There is a lot of variation in his shots. Selection. His compartment, body language and temperament are great for a young player.

Shastri said in a cricket live show on Star Sports, “He has batted with a lot of confidence. This player has the potential to move forward.” Verma is already in good shape with his performance against spin as well as pace and senior middle order Suryakumar Yadav is set to return for Mumbai’s match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Pune on Wednesday, feels Shastri. The middle-order of the five-time champions will be a strong look to resume their campaign in IPL 2022.

“Tilak Verma has shown positive intent with his batting and these are good signs for Mumbai Indians. With Suryakumar Yadav back in the playing XI, Mumbai’s middle order will be strong.” Kolkata have won two out of three matches in IPL 2022 while Mumbai are yet to be out of the points table.

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