IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Rahul Tewatia says he believed in himself despite playing ‘worst 20 balls’ of his career

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IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Rahul Tewatia initially struggled to connect with the ball, scoring 8 out of 19 balls.© Instagram


Rahul Tewatia, who starred overnight by beating West Indian fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in an over, says his confidence didn’t waver despite the “worst 20 balls” he ever played in the start of his roller coaster. His sensational effort helped Rajasthan Royals defeat Kings XI Punjab in an incredible IPL match on Sunday evening. Early in his innings, he struggled to play from strike to ball.

“The dugout knows I can hit the ball long. I knew I had to believe in myself. It was a matter of one six,” said 27-year-old Tewatia after the Royals’ four-wicket victory.

“Five (sixes) 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 hit those big hits past Cottrell in the 18th, including four at a trot, to turn the game upside down after the Royals needed 51 runs from the last three overs.

Tewatia initially struggled to make contact with the ball after being sent to Steve Smith’s trap for Robin Uthappa.

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But when he wasted supplies at the crucial moment, the pressure on Sanju Samson increased.

When asked, the Haryana player said, “Now I’m better. The worst 20 balls I’ve ever played. Then I started hitting, so I kept going. I’ll never forget this knock.”

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