The run of Gujarat Titans in the ongoing IPL 2022 season was nothing short of a fairy tale. Gujarat Titans are playing their first ever season and have performed exceptionally well to reach the finals and they will face Rajasthan Royals in the top match. All-rounder Rahul Tewatia has chipped in with crucial cameos for the team and not to forget his knockout against Punjab Kings where he hit two sixes from the last two balls of the game to take his side across the line. Speaking to DailyExpertNews, Tewatia provided insight into his way of thinking and he also praised Hardik Pandya a lot.
“No, not at all (whether he thinks of the nickname ‘Iceman’). Cricket is a game of pressure, whoever handles pressure well is a champion. I don’t think about what name people have given me. After IPL will I’m thinking about the name people have given me. I just hope I keep helping my team to win the games,” Tewatia told DailyExpertNews.
“I feel like this year I scored more boundaries on the outside than on the leg side. Last year my leg area was on the dominant side, but this year I worked on my offside. My plans, at the end of the day “If your plans are carried out in the game, it will also benefit your team,” he continued.
After the mega sale in Bengaluru, several people had said that Gujarat Titans don’t seem to have a strong team on paper. However, the side proved its opponents wrong by marching to the final.
“Everyone has their own predictions, whoever thought we wouldn’t get very far was wrong. Halfway through the season I heard a lot about our percussion, the middle class is not that strong. ‘They didn’t have a good auction’. But look now. how many games our middle order has won for us. Everyone is talking about it. This is cricket, it can’t be that everyone has a perfect team after the mega sale. When the auction ended, “We were happy with the squad we had. The openers were perfect, the mid-range was perfect. We were happy to see the squad, we had met for a camp in Ahmedabad and everyone was confident,” Tewatia said.
When asked about the most satisfying game of the season, the all-rounder said: “For me the season opener against Lucknow Super Giants was the most satisfying. We had lost four wickets, from there I scored 40 runs, it gave the team momentum and I also got a bit of momentum. If you play a good turn for the team initially, it also gives the team confidence. The first game against LSG went very well and it gave us a lot of confidence.”
Lastly about Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan, Tewatia said: “Hardik keeps it simple both on and off the field. He practices the same way every time regardless of whether he has scored points or not. He keeps the atmosphere pretty cool. It doesn’t look like Hardik will be captain for the first time.”
“I’ve talked a lot about bowling with Rashid Khan. When Rashid doesn’t take a wicket, you just see that he only concedes 15-20 runs. He has a big impact on the game. Rashid Bhai also told us that he worked a lot on his percussion and it showed this season,” he added.
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