Rahul Tripathi, on Wednesday, starred with the bat as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by ten runs to return to winning ways. After warming the bench for the first three games, the right-handed batsman finally got the chance in the playing eleven during the match against Delhi Capitals.
But surprisingly, he was sent out to bat at number eight. But that did not stop Rahul Tripathi from making his mark. The 29-year old, who is predominantly a top-order batsman, played a fine knock of 36 from just 16 balls although Knight Riders lost the game by 18 runs while chasing an improbable 229.
The team-management, nonetheless, rewarded him by promoting him as an opener against CSK and he fully justified the faith shown in him. Rahul Tripathi scored 81 off 51 balls to help KKR post a challenging total of 167. The two-time champions could have scored more but the other batsmen failed to make any notable contribution.
The score, however, turned out to be more than enough for KKR as they restricted CSK to 157 for 5. At 99 for 1 after 12 overs with well-set Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu in the middle, CSK were cruising at one stage. However, KKR bowlers made a fine comeback in the second half of the innings to help their team pull off an impressive win.
Rahul, naam to suna hi hoga?
Following the game, a hilarious incident was witnessed while Rahul Tripathi was receiving his Man of the Match award. As soon as he received the award. Shah Rukh Khan, KKR’s co-owner, shouted one of his famous dialogues while cheering the player from stands.
‘Rahul, naam to suna hi hoga’, shouted the Bollywood superstar, making the KKR opener burst into laughter while he was at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Here is the clip showing Shah Rukh Khan shouting from the stands: