After taking an unlikely win against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals hitter Sanju Samson praised Rahul Tewatia for not giving up and taking the opportunity when it really mattered. His comment came when Rajasthan Royals chased a total of 224 on Sunday to beat KXIP by four wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. For Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith and Rahul Tewatia all scored 50+ scores to give the squad a four-wicket victory. Tewatia came on as number four and he struggled at one point, scoring only 13 points from his first 19 balls.
However, bowled over in the 18th by Sheldon Cottrell, Tewatia hit five sixes to turn the tide. The left-handed batsman played a hit of 53 when Rajasthan took an unlikely victory.
“I think it was the team management’s decision to send Tewatia to number four,” Samson said at the post-game press conference.
“We worked really hard on Rahul Tewatia. He’s a good leg spinner (but) the management saw the hitting power he had during the training sessions (and) they decided to send him the order. It was a brave move. And it paid off. , ”He added.
Samson greeted Tewatia’s performance and said, “It was a really good performance from him. Tewatia showed a lot of heart, he never gave up. He was so down and I could see that (but) he had the ability to come back and those 30 runs from an international bowler, he will be crucial to us in the coming tournament. “
Sanju Samson had played 74 runs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and he followed it with an 85 run knockout against Kings XI Punjab.
Speaking of his approach during the 224 chase against Punjab, Samson said: “During the chase there was only one way to go. It’s easier in terms of thought process when you chase 220+, it was more about ‘see the ball. and hit the ball ‘. “
For the game against Punjab, Rajasthan had left out Yashasvi Jaiswal and David Miller to bring in Ankit Rajpoot and Jos Buttler.
Speaking of these selections, Samson said: “Sharjah is difficult for bowlers, we wanted to add one more bowler so we left Yashasvi out and brought in Ankit Rajpoot. Sure, with Jos Buttler in the squad he has to play in the team. It’s a given and David Miller understood that. “
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