Rahul Tewatia’s explosive batting within the ongoing IPL 2020 could have come as a shock to many however those that have performed with him for lengthy know what he’s able to.
Tewatia performed with a fractured foot in a Dehradun Gold Cup event, instantly after final yr’s IPL for his workplace workforce and smashed 197 towards a robust Meals Company of India (FCI) workforce that included the likes of Rishi Dhawan, who has performed for the nationwide workforce.
Praveen Thapar, who’s a former Delhi Ranji participant and captains the Earnings Tax Division workforce that Tewatia performs for, advised IANS: “He (Tewatia) was hit by a yorker on the fitting foot throughout a sport and suffered a hairline fracture. Our subsequent match was towards FCI and he did not wish to play. He stored saying ‘I am unable to’.
“We insisted, saying he would not must run however simply bat. After a lot reluctance, he went on to bat and struggled initially because it was painful. He took singles solely when the ball went deep and did not take doubles.
“After the primary 5 overs, after I went in, he mentioned he could not proceed. I advised him to take it 5 overs at a time.
“He managed to get to his fifty and advised me he could not proceed. I pressed on. With 50 within the basket, he modified gears, beginning to play his photographs. His second fifty got here in simply 15-20 deliveries. As soon as he reached 100 within the 22nd over, he mentioned he could not proceed because the ache acquired aggravated. However I requested him to attempt one other 5 overs, after which one other 5 overs. He carried on. Sadly, when he was on 197, he went for a scoop and was brilliantly caught at brief fine-leg. The shot was sure to fetch him a 4 or a double however the fielder plucked it out of skinny air,” added Thapar.
Thapar remembers one other match performed final yr in December when Tewatia injured his hand throughout a event in Faridabad. The 27-year-old was struggling to bowl, with cut up webbing on little finger, however nonetheless bowled and picked three wickets, overshadowing better-known India gamers like Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav and Aniket Chaudhary, who’re his teammates at I-T division.
Thapar has seen Tewatia since he was 14 and likewise acquired him to play for Delhi’s Malviya Membership. “We might use him on the high of the batting and he knew tips on how to exploit the sphere restrictions.”
Tewatia has been enjoying DDCA league since 2007-08. He was on stipend with ONGC again then.
Tewatia’s childhood coach Vijay Yadav, a former India wicketkeeper, tells IANS, “He was all the time a swish batsman however someway gamers do get into the mould the place they wish to concentrate on one factor. He all the time thought of himself a leg-spinner and centered extra on bowling. However then he started to take his batting significantly when he noticed he’ll transfer ahead solely with it. Apart from, his leg-spin wasn’t of the standard of different two Haryana spinners (Yuzvendra) Chahal and (Amit) Mishra. So, I advised him to deal with batting. I advised him that solely batting will take him forward. For Haryana, I all the time noticed him getting key runs and wickets. In 2016-17, we used him as a batsman for Haryana in shorter codecs.”
Tewatia went to Yadav’s academy floor forward of this season’s IPL as there have been no different grounds obtainable attributable to Covid-19 and requested him to name gamers (together with Nitish Rana) and began practising huge, lengthy photographs. That was the main focus. “I feel if he had acquired alternatives to bat with Delhi Capitals or with Kings XI Punjab, he could have performed this manner earlier too,” provides Yadav.
Yadav has a degree as this IPL season, Tewatia has thus far confronted 124 balls through which he has scored 189 runs. Within the earlier 5 seasons, he acquired to face solely 89 deliveries (through which he acquired 111 runs).
Shafiq Khan, a former Haryana Ranji participant who has seen Tewatia play in Faridabad from early days, says it’s the IPL that has raised the latter’s confidence ranges. “I feel his confidence in batting went to a brand new degree as soon as he joined Rajasthan Royals in 2014.”