Tilak Varma had a special surprise after he made his India debut against West Indies on Thursday. The surprise was a video message from his Mumbai Indian teammate Dewald Brevis.
Like Varma, the 20-year-old Brevis is rated highly in South Africa and in the cricketing circuit. The duo share a great bond on and off the field.
After Varma made his debut, in which he scored a quickfire 39 off just 222 balls, he received a congratulatory message from Brevis.
“Hey brother, I hope you are very excited. I don’t know If I am more excited than you, but I just want to say from my side and from the Brevis family, congratulations on your debut,” Brevis said in the video.
“It’s such a great moment for you and your family. I can just imagine how happy your parents and everyone must be. It’s great to see you out there, living your dream out,” he said.
Brevis made a special mention about the two sixes Varma hit on his second and third and ball of his innings.
“Those shots on the second and third ball gave me goosebumps. You always have my support and all the best for rest of the series. I’m backing you fully and go win every game for Team India. Cheers brother!,” he said.
A visibly emotional Varma said it was a wonderful surprise and he really loved it.
“I was thinking about it could be my coach, my family, but it was Dewald Brevis my brother. Thank you so much my brother.. I always love you. I really appreciate your message. See you soon, and thank you so much,” said Varma.
India lost the first match by four runs. The teams will play the next two T20s in Providence, Guyana on Sunday and Tuesday with the final two matches set for Lauderhill, Florida on August 12 and 13.