You might not have heard of Rahul Tewatia before, but after his exploits with the bat on Sunday in Sharjah, you will not forget this name.
The Haryana cricketer, who has been a traveler with multiple IPL teams waiting for his moment in the sun, played one of the best cameos in IPL history to help his team, the Rajasthan Royals, chase down a record 224 against Kings XI Punjab.
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Punjab captain Rahul later admitted that he felt they had the match in their pocket. That was, of course, before Tewatia turned the game on its head.
Tewatia, who was struggling initially to connect, stunned the Punjab team by suddenly playing consistent big shots.
Rajasthan needed an improbable 51 runs to win in the last 18 deliveries. And that’s when Tewatia hit 5 sixes in the 18th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell. This equalled the record for the most number of sixes hit in one over in the history of the IPL. A record that was earlier held solely by Chris Gayle.
Tewatia couldn’t finish off the match, falling to Shami in the 19th over; but his 31-ball-53-run knock, which included as many as 7 sixes, had completely swung the momentum Rajasthan’s way, before Jofra Archer and Tom Curran finished the job to take the 2008 champions to a 4-wicket win.
Here’s all you need to know about Rahul Tewatia, who wasn’t the ‘Man of the Match’, but played the most impactful knock on Sunday:
Name: Rahul Tewatia
Born: May 20, 1993 in Sihi, Haryana
Batting style: Left-hand batsman
Bowling style: Leg-break bowler
First Class record: Matches: 7; Runs: 190; Highest Score: 35; Wickets: 17
List A record: Matches: 21; Runs: 484; Highest Score: 91*; Wickets: 27
T20 record: Matches: 50; Runs: 691; Highest Score: 59*; Wickets: 33
– Made debut in 2014 for Rajasthan Royals, was then traded to Kings XI Punjab.
– Played next in the IPL in 2017, was then traded to Delhi Capitals in 2018.
– Was then traded back to Rajasthan Royals.
What a match 🤩What a Win….✌🏻😎Hope everyone out there had an amazing Sunday night watching the game yesterday!!… https://t.co/9ERZ3thtcb
— Sanju Samson (@IamSanjuSamson) 1601278966000
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— ICC (@ICC) 1601229082000
What an incredible game of cricket…..Rahul Tewatia, you’ve shown all of us that miracles do happen. Five sixes in… https://t.co/1PcTiKha9W
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 1601229182000
Outstanding come back from #tewatia wasn’t easy for him bad choice of lengths certainly helped him #welldone #IPLinUAE
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 1601228370000