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Tilak Varma’s inclusion in the 17-member Team India squad for the upcoming 2023 Asia Cup marks a major milestone for the young talent. After showcasing consistent performances in T20Is against West Indies, Varma’s debut on the international stage garnered positive attention from both fans and selectors. While his presence in the Asia Cup lineup is a significant achievement, uncertainties linger about whether he will make his debut in the fifty-over format.

The return of experienced players Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul to the squad signals that middle-order positions might be less available. Although Rahul’s complete match fitness remains a concern, Suryakumar Yadav is likely to have an edge over Tilak Varma in terms of selection, unless the team management decides otherwise. Krishnamachari Srikanth, a former India cricketer and World Cup winner, hopes that Varma will seize his opportunity in the Asia Cup. However, the competitive struggle for spots underscores the challenging decisions the team management must make.

“Debuting Tilak Varma in a significant tournament might not be ideal; he should play in the ODI series prior,” advised Krishnamachari Srikkanth on his YouTube channel.

“Tilak Varma holds promise. The Asia Cup serves as a substantial platform for him. We witnessed his potential not only through performances but also his temperament during the T20I series against West Indies. This exposure will greatly benefit him,” he added.

Srikkanth further emphasized that Tilak needs to participate in ODIs before the World Cup, whether it’s in the Asia Cup or the series against Australia. The two teams are scheduled to engage in a three-match series just before the prestigious global tournament kicks off.

“Tilak possesses incredible potential, is an exceptional player—yet he should be part of a couple of one-day series before entering the World Cup squad. Proper grooming is essential,” concluded Srikkanth.

The Asia Cup presents a remarkable chance not only for Tilak Varma but also for numerous contenders aspiring to secure positions in the World Cup squad. The tournament’s opening match on September 2 in Kandy will witness India facing their arch-rivals Pakistan. With the possibility of multiple encounters between the two teams, assuming advancement to the super fours and the final stages, the anticipation and stakes are notably elevated.

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