In a Delhi Capitals’ video, which has went viral on social media ever since his sensational knock, it is evident that Rahul Tewatia fought for his recognition even if it required stopping Ricky Ponting on his way. Rahul Tewatia wrote his own fortunes. His hard work and constant perseverance paid off with his brilliant knock for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab.
But the knock did not come easy. Tewatia started slow. He was criticised for wasting deliveries, a lot of well-known people on social media, even questioned his identity. But Tewatia did it his own way. He hit five sixes in an over to help Rajasthan Royals cross the line and subsequently became an overnight star.
His father, criminal advocate Krishan Pal Tewatia, was overwhelmed with the number of phone calls which greeted him for his son’s success. His father said that more than 400 people came to visit him that night and said that Tewatia is the ‘son of the village’. Not only that his father was left with a headache-to-cherish as he received more than 1000 congratulatory calls.
“They told me Rahul was not just my son but that he was the ‘son of the village’. I met so many people and received so many calls on Sunday that I got a headache. I must have met around 400 people who visited my home and must have received about a thousand calls — all congratulating me for Rahul’s performance. I am overwhelmed,” Krishan Pal told IANS.
Tewatia was born in a small village of Sihi, Haryana. He had made his debut for the state team in 2014 and went on to be picked up by the Jaipur franchise for the IPL in the same year. It took him years to attain the due recognition but Tewatia, seemingly, did not stop working on himself through the course of years.
In his second stint with Rajasthan Royals, Tewatia has set himself to be on course to be an integral member of the squad with his batting and bowling performances in consecutive games. IPL 2020 is still at its early stage and there could be a lot expected out of him.