The Tewatia troll innings
Cricketing world, on Sunday, perhaps watched the greatest turnaround in a player’s fortune thanks to Rahul Tewatia’s stunning match-winning knock for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab.
Chasing 224, Royals promoted Rahul Tewatia at number four. The score was 100 for 2 at the end of nine overs when Rahul Tewatia joined Sanju Samson in the middle. And while Samson kept playing the big shots, Rahul Tewatia was struggling on the other end.
Royals’ move to promote him seemed to have backfired as the required run-rate Things become worse when a well-set Samson departed in the 18th over, leaving Royals needing an improbable 51 from the last three overs. At that stage, Rahul Tewatia was batting on 17 off 23 balls.
But what followed thereafter was total carnage. Rahul Tewatia redeemed himself by going bonkers in the 18th over from Sheldon Cottrell, hitting five sixes to script a stunning come-from-behind win for his side by four wickets. He hit one more six to reach his fifty off 30 balls before departing in the 19th over. Tom Curran then hit a four to take the Royals home with three balls remaining.
Now, I’m better. That was the worst first 20 balls that I have ever played. I was hitting the ball very good in the nets, so I had belief in myself and kept going. I was not hitting the ball well initially, I saw in the dug-out, everybody was curious because they know that I can hit the ball long,” Rahul Tewatia said after the knock.
Both, Rahul Tewatia and Sheldin Cottrell have a style of celebrating where Cottrell marches and salutes on the other hand tewatia closes his ears with fingers. However, personally I feel cricket is a Gentelman’s sport and such kind of celebrations are good to see once a kind in form of aggression but repeating such task are turn-off. But as long as no one on field is offended by this or any rule of the game is breaking this can be allowed.
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