Indian Premier League: Rahul Tewatia relies on conviction to go from villain to hero in Dream Knock

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At the end of Rajasthan Royals’ 14th in their chase of 224 against Kings XI Punjab, Rahul Tewatia hit on seven runs from 16 deliveries. It’s not like he was playing defensively, but whatever the left-handed tried, the ball just wouldn’t come off the center of the bat for him. Sent to No. 4 after nine overs requiring the team 124 of 66, promoted over Robin Uthappa – a batsman with a higher pedigree – he had one job – to score quick runs and provide the support that a rampant Sanju Samson needs had.

But it seemed like it was a day when everything went wrong with him. He knocked one over and was hit 19 times. By the end of the 15th, he had hit one six. At one point, the commentator suggested he step back in order to have a better batsman come in to try and win a seemingly tough chase.

In the 15th over of the match, he tried to go after young leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi, but only one six of him managed to reach 14 out of 21.

In the next over, Sanju Samson turned him down an easy single to keep his hit. And when the Kerala-born batsman fell on the first episode of the 16th over, it seemed almost over for Rajasthan Royals, and Tewatia had all eyes on him, having broken the momentum set by Samson and their captain Steve Smith for him. was offered.

That Uthappa hit two limits in the next round only seemed to prove that the critics were right.

But at least Rahul Tewatia is a man of enormous self-confidence.

Not the most active player on Twitter, a look at his timeline will give you a series of motivational quotes.

“If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never give up, you will be a winner,” read one of his 2017 posts.

“Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be,” says another.

And then this little gem.

‘Keep believing. The most amazing things in life usually happen when you are about to give up hope. ‘

Perhaps Tewatia was about to give up hope at the time, because what happened next in the match will certainly be one of the most amazing moments of his playing career.

Tewatia then hit Sheldon Cottrell five sixes in the 18th to turn the game upside down. The comparison went from 51 out of 18 to 21 out of 12.

Uthappa fell in the 19th, but two more sixes from Archer and yet another from Tewatia saw the Rajasthan Royals record their second win of the season in a very sensational way.

Tewatia, who eventually dropped to 53/31 while his team needed two runs in the final, rethought his confidence in himself and his team’s confidence in his great hitting skills.

“The 20 worst balls I’ve ever played,” he said, reflecting on his scorching start.

“Then I started hitting, so I kept going,” he said.

“The dug-out knows I can hit the ball for a long time,” he continued.

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“I knew I had to believe in myself. It was a matter of one six. Five in the over, that’s great. I tried to hit the leg spinner, but unfortunately it didn’t work. So I had to hit other bowlers,” he concluded. .

And he hit them, in one of the best individual come-from-behind stories in the Indian Premier League.

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