The 31-year-old India National Cricket Team aggressive batter Rahul Tripathi has said that the Rahul Dravid-led team management keeps telling him to play his natural game and capitalise on the first six overs.
Tripathi, who made his T20I debut earlier this year against Sri Lanka, showed great intent and played an outstanding knock in the series-decider T20I against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, February 1.
He was forced to come in to bat in the second over itself, as the wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan’s poor form continued and he got dismissed for 1.
Rahul Tripathi batted cautiously initially, before going berserk against the Kiwi bowlers. He alongside Shubman Gill batted brilliantly and stitched up a remarkable 80-run stand in 42 balls. The 31-year-old got dismissed in the 9th over after scoring 44 runs off 22 balls. His knock was laced with three sixes and four boundaries.
Speaking after the match, Rahul Tripathi said:
“I would have been happier had I got some more runs. Rahul (Dravid) sir and everyone has been telling me to play in the same way I have been, and look to take advantage in the first six overs. It’s a terrific atmosphere in the stadium, playing in front of such a crowd. And even happier that we have won the series,” he added.
Playing for your country is a responsibility – Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi also said that he just batted with his natural intent in the Ahmedabad T20I and things went in his favour. He added that playing as per the needs of the team is very crucial at the international level.
“Nothing different. I was just looking to keep the same intent and keep the same process that worked in the IPL. Luckily today it went my way. I would have been more happier if I had gotten more runs, but it was a crucial period and I was happy that I could do it for the team.
“Yes, playing for your country is a responsibility, sometimes you do feel (what if I throw it away) but you have to trust your process and it is important to know what the team needs at that moment,” he said
India National Cricket Team demolished New Zealand National Cricket Team in the third T20I to seal the series 2-1. After posting a humongous total of 234/4, India bowled out the visitors for 66 to earn a crushing 168-run victory.