Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Kartik Tyagi has revealed that he gained knowledge during India’s tour of Australia where he travelled with the team as a net bowler. India’s premier fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, spoke to the youngster and gave him advice on bowling as well.
Tyagi became the talk of the town overnight when he managed to defend four runs in the final over against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Tuesday. His brilliant last over, where he conceded just one run, helped RR snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
“When I went to Australia, I learned a lot. A lot of players were injured and a youngster can also win the tournament and I also want to win matches for India. I didn’t go to Jasprit Bhaiyya because I was nervous but he came to me and discussed many things with me and it was a big moment,” Tyagi said.
Tyagi revealed his thought process during the final stages of the match against PBKS. The KL Rahul-led side needed just eight runs in the last two overs but managed to mess it up for the umpteenth time.
“When Mustafizur Rahman was bowling, it didn’t seem that the match would go till the last over because a left-hander was batting and left-arm fast bowler was bowling and it was a shorter end.”
“But as he gave just four runs, the match reached last over, there was little pressure and excitement too, but I didn’t think I would be able to defend the score. When I had bowled three balls, I started having the belief that it was possible, and then when in the last ball it happened, I felt very happy,” the 20-year-old added.
I would have been under more pressure if I needed to defend 10 runs in six balls – Kartik Tyagi
The youngster further added that there was no pressure on him as the match was basically lost. The RR players’ body language certainly depicted that and their shoulders were dropping. Fast forward three balls, there was sudden belief and excitement in the RR camp.
“I didn’t feel any pressure because four was needed in six balls. I would have been under more pressure if I needed to defend 10 runs in six balls because people will naturally think that we have lost the match because it is possible to score four runs in six balls.“
“I too felt that it will be chased in 3-4 balls because even if they take four singles it will be over but once I bowled three balls, everybody started believing that the match can turn now and I was clear that I need to bowl six yorkers in six balls,” Kartik Tyagi mentioned.
RR will next go on to face table-toppers Delhi Capitals on September 25, Saturday.