Sheldon Cottrell, Rahul Tewatia
Sheldon Cottrell, Rahul Tewatia (Credits: Twitter)

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The cricketing world, on Sunday, perhaps watched the greatest turnaround in a player’s fortune thanks to Rahul Tewatia’s stunning match-winning knock for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab.

Chasing 224, Royals promoted Rahul Tewatia at number four. The score was 100 for 2 at the end of nine overs when Rahul Tewatia joined Sanju Samson in the middle. And while Samson kept playing the big shots, Rahul Tewatia was struggling on the other end.

Royals’ move to promote him seemed to have backfired as the required run-rate mounted. Things become worse when a well-set Samson departed in the 18th over, leaving Royals needing an improbable 51 from the last three overs. At that stage, Rahul Tewatia was batting on 17 off 23 balls.

Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia (Credits: IPLT20)

But what followed thereafter was total carnage. Rahul Tewatia redeemed himself by going bonkers in the 18th over from Sheldon Cottrell, hitting five sixes to script a stunning come-from-behind win for his side by four wickets. He hit one more six to reach his fifty off 30 balls before departing in the 19th over. Tom Curran then hit a four to take the Royals home with three balls remaining.

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“Now, I’m better. That was the worst first 20 balls that I have ever played. I was hitting the ball very good in the nets, so I had belief in myself and kept going. I was not hitting the ball well initially, I saw in the dug-out, everybody was curious because they know that I can hit the ball long,” Rahul Tewatia said after the knock.

“I thought I had to believe in myself. It was a matter of one six, after that, I got going. Five in an over went amazing. Coach sent me to hit sixes off the leg-spinner, but unfortunately I didn’t hit him. Ultimately, I hit off the other bowlers,” he added.

And as soon as the left-handed batsman completed his turnaround, the cricketing fraternity did not waste any time in apologising to him for underestimating him while he was struggling at the start of his knock.

Here are some of the reactions:

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