Rahul Tewatia was one of the more surprising names who was included in the Indian squad for the T20Is against England which will begin from March 12. The 27-year-old had a breakout season with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he came up with scintillating displays with the bat as a finisher while also proving to be more than handy with the ball with his leg-spin.
Despite his excellent showings, Tewatia was never really thought to be in contention for a national call-up and yet, it has arrived sooner rather than later for the Haryana cricketer. Although it remains to be seen if he will get a chance to make his debut in the series, the fact that he has meteorically risen from a nobody to earning an Indian call-up is definitely one of the stories for the ages that cricket has come up with.
Rahul Tewatia’s tale of redemption
Rahul Tewatia had his moment of redemption in the IPL in the most dramatic of fashions. It came in what would prove to be the highest run-chase in the tournament’s history and Tewatia was the architect of it. After being promoted up the order to up the scoring rate in a stiff chase against Kings XI Punjab, the all-rounder struggled for a while to even get bat to ball. As the required rate climbing, so did the pressure on Tewatia.
However, he didn’t give up. He stayed on and weathered the struggle before unleashing a brutal assault on Sheldon Cottrell by hitting him for five sixes in an over. With the knock that led RR home, Tewatia became an instant hero. He then went on to show glimpses of his explosive self in future matches including in a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad where he took on Rashid Khan with fancy reverse-sweeps.
Through his scintillating story of redemption, Tewatia has now incredibly got a call-up to the Indian team. If given a chance to play in the XI, one can be sure the Haryana cricketer will give it his all.