“I have been with Rahul sir since the Under-19 World Cup. He always says to follow your basics and spend as much time in the 22 yards between the wickets. He always says to enjoy your game as much as you can,” Tilak said at a press conference on Sunday. “When I was talking to Hardik bhai also, he says the same thing, that you’ve done well in IPL and domestic, so this is the same thing you should do in international cricket. Follow your basics and enjoy your game.”
“The wicket was on the slower side and slightly double-paced, and that’s why we thought that 150 or 160 would be a good score,” Tilak said of the second game, which West Indies won by two wickets with seven balls in hand. “I think we were ten runs short, other than that I thought we played well.”
He also praised West Indies’ bowlers for making better use of the conditions than the Indians.
“They were bowling really good,” he said. “When they bowled, they were using slower ones and hard lengths really well and they used the wind conditions really well.”
For Tilak, the step up to international cricket can be linked directly to his performances in the IPL (though his List A average of 56.18 isn’t shabby either). In the IPL, playing for Mumbai Indians, he averaged 36.09 and had a strike rate of 131.02 for his 397 runs in 2022, and scored 343 runs at 42.88 and a strike rate of 164.11 in 2023.
“Everyone knows that the two IPL seasons were my turning point. I am here because of my performances there,” he acknowledged. “So I am just playing with that confidence and going forward I want to continue what I’ve been doing.