Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Gautam Gambhir and former India National Cricket Team batting coach Sanjay Bangar have showered praise on the 31-year-old batter Rahul Tripathi for his impactful performance in the third T20I of the series against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.
Rahul Tripathi, playing just his second international game, showed great intent in the series decider 3rd T20I against the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Saturday, January 7.
He came out to bat in the first over itself after the dismissal of Ishan Kishan and smashed 35 runs off 16 balls, including 5 fours and 2 sixes. He batted with an exceptional strike rate of 218.75 in the powerplay.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Gambhir lauded Tripathi for playing an aggressive brand of cricket at every position he has batted across teams. He elaborated:
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“If you talk about Rahul Tripathi, he is a player who has batted at every number for his franchise and state. He can open, play at No. 3 or in the middle order, but his approach remains the same whether he plays against the new ball or in the middle order. You want to see players like him.
“Chamika Karunaratne did not bowl too many bad deliveries but it was Rahul Tripathi’s quality because of which he proved that expensive. The way Tripathi lost his wicket, he will be disappointed. The third man was up, if he had slashed hard, the ball might have gone above third man but he just guided the ball like you give catches in the slips.”
He played fearlessly, played for the team – Sanjay Bangar on Rahul Tripathi
Former India National Cricket Team batting coach Sanjay Bangar hailed Tripathi for his temperament and said that he played selfless cricket fearlessly. He said:
“10 out of 10 for temperament because he knew that it was a very important innings. When you come into the team as a young batter, you know that you need to make an impact in two or three innings, so that the selectors and team management have the confidence in you.
“He played fearlessly, played for the team. India had lost the first wicket early – Ishan Kishan had gotten out – but still the shots he played against Theekshana, especially the three boundaries he hit, it shows how he thinks and he wanted to use the powerplay. The new attacking approach was spoken about a lot but he showed that by doing it.”