Rahul Tewatia: From Chaddi-Baniyan to IPL finisher, Gujarat Titans all-rounder has fought with Ricky Ponting for his rights
IPL 2023: Rahul Tewatia talks about his dream of playing for the national team in the coming years. He believes that he is closer to his dream of playing for India.
As soon as Rahul Tewatia’s name comes to mind, there is a feeling that nothing is impossible. Rahul Tewatia is counted as the finisher of IPL. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Gujarat Titans all-rounder Rahul Tewatia has played many memorable innings so far.
Last month, when Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rinku Singh hit 5 sixes to seal an improbable win against defending champions Gujarat Titans, many said he pulled off a Tewatia-like feat. People were referring to Rahul Tewatia’s innings against Punjab Kings in IPL 2020.
In that innings, Rahul Tewatia scored only 8 runs in the first 19 balls. After this, he put the match in the hands of Rajasthan Royals by hitting 5 sixes. Perhaps for the same reason people were comparing Rinku Singh with him. However, achieving this feat has not been easy for Rahul.
The story of Rahul Tewatia, from roaming in the streets of Sihi village of Faridabad, Haryana wearing chaddi-vest to becoming an IPL finisher, is quite interesting. This Gujarat Titans all-rounder has also fought with Ricky Ponting for his rights.
Desire to play in India team since childhood
Rahul Tewatia said in an interview to ESPNcricinfo’s The Cricket Monthly that he would be happy to be a part of the national team. The explosive left-handed batsman said, ‘It is up to the selectors. A village kid playing chaddi baniyaan on the streets is now playing the role of a finisher in an IPL team, so yes I believe I am closer to my dream of playing for India.
Rahul Tewatia told, ‘This dream is from the time I used to watch cricket on television. Man, I have to play here, I have to wear this jersey. Now that I am close, why should I waver from that dream?’ Rahul was selected for the series against England in 2021, but did not get a chance to play a single match.
It is important to improve yourself every day: Rahul Tewatia
Asked if he is in a better position than he was two years ago, Tewatia said one always needs to work hard and stay motivated. Rahul Tewatia said, ‘100 percent. If you don’t improve yourself every day, even if it’s by 0.1%, what’s the point of playing this game? There must be some inspiration. I am in a better place now.
You have earned respect, sometimes even ‘fought’ for your rights. Would you like to talk about the incident in 2019 when you asked Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting why he didn’t mention your catch in his dressing room debrief after the win against Mumbai Indians that day? In the video, when Akshar Patel teases you for asking for credit, you say, you have to fight for your rights.
My bonding with Ricky Ponting on and off the field was and is very strong: Rahul Tewatia
In response to this question, Rahul Tewatia said, ‘No, no, I think it is an edited clip. What happened was quite the opposite. I have always said that Ricky with DC (Delhi Capitals) helped me a lot in improving my cricket. Our bonding inside and outside the field was very strong and still is.
Rahul said, ‘I am very grateful and I don’t have enough words to describe the way Ricky has helped me with my practice and to keep me mentally strong. I took four catches, hit a six and was not out and also took a wicket. Everyone was getting dressing room awards (badges from Ponting), so I jokingly asked Ricky, ‘Where’s mine?’
Rahul said, ‘He said, for you… The catches were very easy, so I did not mention them. Then Akshar said to me, ‘Hey, who asks by speaking? Then I said, brother, we have to fight for our rights. After this everyone started laughing. Many people asked me why others are laughing at me. I told him that we were just pulling each other’s legs. It was a light banter between me, Ricky and Akshar.
Rahul Tewatia FAQ’s:
Rinku Singh IPL 2023: Rahul Tewatia made his IPL debut in the year 2014. He has so far scored 801 runs in 75 innings in the IPL at an average of 26.70 and a strike rate of 134.17. He has a half century. He has also taken 32 wickets in IPL so far.
Rinku Singh Age: Born on 20 May 1993 in Sihi village, Faridabad, Haryana, Rahul Tewatia plays for Haryana in domestic cricket and Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is an all-rounder. He bats left-handed and bowls leg-spin with the right arm.