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India Stunned by West Indies in T20I Despite Debutant’s Impressive Performance

In a surprising turn of events, India faced a four-wicket defeat against the West Indies in the first T20I on Thursday, despite being the heavy favorites going into the match. The five-match T20I series is the final leg of India's tour of the Caribbean, during which they encountered few challenges despite fielding a second-string team in the preceding ODI series.

India's hopes of chasing down a target of 150 were dashed as they failed to secure victory against the West Indies' score of 149/6 in Trinidad and Tobago. However, debutant Tilak Varma displayed great promise during his innings, providing some hope for the team. Tilak impressed with his fearless approach, scoring 39 off 22 balls, which included two fours and three sixes, before falling to Romario Shepherd.

Former India batter Wasim Jaffer praised Tilak's composure and noted that the debutant showed no signs of nerves in his first international innings. He commended Tilak's strong mental attitude and confidence, observing that he appeared at ease as if playing a club game or for his state team.

Tilak's shot selection and execution impressed Jaffer, who highlighted the debutant's ability to play various shots with finesse. Jaffer believed that had Tilak stayed on and scored another 20-odd runs, India could have secured the victory. The former batter also mentioned that Sanju Samson's run-out cost the team, as he too was looking in good form.

India captain Hardik Pandya also showered praise on Tilak and fast bowler Mukesh Kumar, who also made his T20I debut in the match. Pandya commended Mukesh's excellent performance and dedication, having made his debut in all three formats during the two weeks leading up to the T20I.

Regarding Tilak's performance, Pandya expressed satisfaction with the debutant's impressive start to his international cricket career, with two sixes adding to his confidence. Pandya admired the fearlessness and confidence displayed by both Tilak and Mukesh, predicting that their talents would contribute significantly to Indian cricket in the future.

As the T20I series progresses, India will aim to bounce back from their first match setback, and the promising performances of debutants like Tilak Varma and Mukesh Kumar offer hope for India's future in the shorter format of the game.