Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals will pin their hopes on all-rounder Rahul Tewatia in the upcoming season of IPL which will commence on April 9. Tewatia showed his all-round skills in IPL 2020 and emerged as the silver lining in an otherwise grim season for the Rajasthan Royals, who finished on the bottom of the points table.
Tewatia grabbed attention when he smashed Kings XI Punjab (now known as Punjab Kings) seamer Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in an over. Even though the Haryana-born cricketer started slowly in that game, that one over turned the game into its head. The southpaw scored 54 in that fixture hosted by Sharjah as Rajasthan Royals chased 224 to pull off the highest successful run-chase in IPL history.
Rahul Tewatia finished with 255 runs in 14 games at 42.50 under his belt, keeping a strike rate of 139.34. He also picked up ten wickets via his leg-spin and pulled off some outstanding catches too. Rajasthan Royals will want the all-rounder to star once again in IPL 2021 as the franchise look to put up a brave fight in the upcoming season.
Rahul Tewatia gears up for IPL 2021
Meanwhile, the all-rounder ompleted his mandatory isolation period as the Rajasthan Royals have resided at the CCI in Mumbai. The nets session of the Royals witnessed the 27-year old hitting the ground running and playing some impressive strokes by dancing down the deck. Rahul Tewatia also tried his hand at the switch hit, which he used to significant effect in IPL 2020, while there also existed some pull shots, slog sweeps, and one over the extra cover region.
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Rajasthan Royals, who will be captained by Sanju Samson will open their campaign against Punjab Kings on the 12th of April at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. They will miss the service of star campaigner Jofra Archer in the first half of IPL 2021 after suffering with an injury in his right elbow.