Rajasthan Royal’s (RR) left-handed batsmen Rahul Tewatia was the butt of all jokes and criticism on social media for his slow scoring rate while his team was chasing a humongous total of 223 runs scored by the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Many even went on to say whether he should hit the wickets and return to pavilion.
These jokes and criticism, while the game was still on, was because Rahul Tewatia was struggling to connect with the ball and had by then scoring much-less runs than the balls he had played. Many even questioned why he was promoted ahead of other batsmen by the Rajasthan Royals.
Rahul Tewatia’s unbelievable transformation
But, these jokes fell flat the moment Sheldon Cottrell came to bowl the 18th over. Rahul Tewatia hit five sixes in Cottrell’s over much to the amusement of his own teammates and Kings XI Punjab. The smashing sixes turned the match on its head and in Rajasthan Royal’s favour.
Tewatia scored 53 runs in 31 balls that included 7 sixes. The Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul and teammates had won the game in their mind, especially considering the initial poor batting by Tewatia in the middle. But, his crucial inning eventually changed the fate of the game and Rajasthan Royals comfortably won the game with a few balls to spare.
Social media users say “sorry”
After the superb exhibition of his hitting abilities, the social media users admitted their mistake that they had misjudged Tewatia. In fact, many deleted their harsh tweets against Tewatia, whereas many said “sorry”.
In fact, the commentators were also surprised by the way Tewatia accelerated his game.
What did Rahul Tewatia say?
After the match was over, Tewatia said: “The dugout knows I can hit the ball long. I knew I had to believe in myself. It was a matter of one six.”
“Five (sixes) in the over, that is amazing. I tried to hit the leg-spinner, but unfortunately, I couldn’t. So I had to hit other bowlers.”
“Now I am better. The worst 20 balls I have ever played. After then I began to hit so I kept going.”
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