Five Sixes In An Over Is Amazing, Says Rahul Tewatia
Tewatia hit 5 sixes in the 18th over of Sheldon Cottrell in 2nd innings. His knock helped Rajasthan win the encounter with 4 wickets.
By Neeraj Kumar
The loss would have hurt KXIP considering that they managed to boss the game with Tewatia looking clueless, but they would not mind losing a game when someone played what probably is one of the most unbelievable innings you will ever see. Never take it lightly, never think you are on top with the ball are the lessons Rahul and Co. would take from this game. Phew! What a game we've been treated to.
Tewatia came out, swung blindly, didn't touch the ball, looked down, people were mocking him, people were asking him to get away from the scene, the team though backed him, they didn't try to pull him off, he must have been feeling awful scoring just 8 off 19 balls being promoted in a 200+ chase at a crucial time, he must have been on the cusp of giving up with the mind drawing all the possible negative feelings in the world. But he kept his head high and suddenly hit one over the rope off a spinner and then he hit five off six. Rahul Tewatia - you have redefined the meaning of self-belief. To be down and out and to reach the top of the world in a space of 10 minutes, that takes some doing. Salute to you, sir!
Yesterday's match was one of the craziest games of cricket ever played. Firstly some brilliant batting by Punjab and then a great response from the Royals despite Buttler falling for a single-digit score. And then Tewatia came. Swung, literally nothing touched the bat, he snailed to 8 off 19 and made the move to promote him up the order look foolish, but boy, he smashed 5 sixes off a Cottrell over to snatch the game. From throwing his head back in disappointment to walking off to a standing ovation just a few minutes after he was literally asked to retire. Words can't describe that. And even after that turnaround, he walked away quietly, just like how he came.
Veteran cricketer Yuvraj Singh took it to twitter and praised his innings. Tewatia was a part of Delhi Capitals but was traded to RR in 2020 and was instrumental in both the wins that the Royals have under their belt. Sanju Samson too carried on his good form and played a composed knock under pressure. 86 runs were scored in the last 5 overs which is an IPL record. RR also set the record for the highest chase in IPL with yesterday's win. Rajasthan is now sitting at the top of the table and their team is looking great.