To be down and out and to reach the top of the world in a space of 10 minutes, Rahul Tewatia witnessed it all on Sunday. His 31-ball 53 runs including seven sixes changed the game in Rajasthan’s favour. Meanwhile, Tewatia copped up a lot of criticism in the start including from Aakash Chopra, which backfired at the end of the game.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan successfully chased down the highest target – 224 runs in the history of IPL. Steve Smith and Sanju Samson steered the chase early on before Rahul Tewatia ran a carnage. After putting 100 runs in nine overs, Rajasthan promoted Tewatia at No.4.
Aakash Chopra suggests retire out after Rahul Tewatia struggles early
However, the all-rounder from Haryana failed to live up to the expectations early in the innings. He managed to score only 8 runs from 19 deliveries mounting on the pressure. He struggled to connect the googlies from Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.
Meanwhile, the poor run prompted many pundits including Aakash Chopra to criticise the player. The former India cricketer went one step ahead and called for the introduction of retiring out in T20 cricket.
“‘Retiring Out’ should be de-stigmatised. Nothing against the batsman who’s struggling….but if his best efforts to hit aren’t working out, you get the next one in. ‘Sunk Cost fallacy’ #RRvKXIP #RR,” Aakash Chopra tweeted.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 27, 2020
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As they call it a commentators curse, Rahul Tewatia turned the table with his blistering hitting in the 18th over. He struck Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in one over to completely change the plot of the game. Although he got out in the next over, Jofra Archer smashed two sixes and Tom Curran hit a boundary to take Rajasthan Royals home.
Soon after the heroics from Rahul Tewatia, the social media platforms went frenzy. Along with praising the all-rounder, the fans called out Aakash Chopra for trolling Rahul Tewatia and advocating for retiring out. They dig out Chopra’s T20 stats to hit back at the former India opener.
Here are the Twitter Reactions:
Ye to record hai 😂@cricketaakash ka or ye baaki players ko judge krta hai jisko khud khelne nhi aata wo kya studio se analysis krta hai isse bda chommu aaj tak ni dekha hun.Aaj pta chli gya hogya😂😂😂bakwaas krta hai bs
— Abhijeet Yadav (@abhijeetyadav07) September 27, 2020
— AdiTya Srinivas (@adityasriniva19) September 27, 2020
I respect you for your passion and knowledge about the game and have learnt a lot from you. Just that don’t agree to this particular aspect of player’s mindset. Stronger mindset produces world class players & we get the glimpse of that in tough times when world writes you off. 🙏
— Jitender Girdhar (@JGirdhar01) September 27, 2020
Everything isn't entertainment, gotta pay some respect for game as well. It's a team game and u gotta carry everyone irrespective that it's their day or not (imo)
— Nikhil (@NikhilK050) September 27, 2020