Rahul Tewatia has definitely etched his name in the IPL folklore with his stunning knock for Rajasthan Royals against his former team Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. The left-handed batsman scored a stunning fifty to help the Royals chase down the biggest total in the history of the game.
Chasing 224, Royals were off to a good start as Sanju Samson and Steve Smith took them to 100-run mark in the 9th over before the latter was dismissed. The Royals then threw a surprise by promoting Rahul Tewatia at number four and the move seemed to have backfired.
At that point, the Royals needed 124 off 11 overs. The left-handed batsman was struggling to play the big shots as he managed to score only eight runs in the first 19 balls he faced. With every failure of his to play a big shot, the game was drifting away from the Royals.
And when a well-set Samson departed in the 17th over after scoring 85, it looked all over for the Royals. With 51 needed from 3 overs, it did look like a lost cause for the Rajasthan-based franchise. But what followed thereafter completely shocked the entire cricket world.
In the 18th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell, the former Kings XI and Delhi Capitals allrounder hit five sixes to turn the game on its head. He hit one more six in the 19th over before departing for 53 off 21 balls. Royals went on to win the game with three balls remaining.
And soon after he ended his knock, one of his old tweet went viral for all the right reasons. Rahul Tewatia had posted that tweet in 2017 while he was playing for Kings XI Punjab and the tweet perfectly summed up his performance against them on Sunday.
“Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope,” he had tweeted.
Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you're about to give up hope. pic.twitter.com/4y807p9W1X
— Rahul Tewatia (@rahultewatia02) July 15, 2017