Rahul Tewatia, 27, was rewarded with a maiden call up by the BCCI to India’s home T20I squad for the upcoming five-match series against England. Tewatia, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, was one among three uncapped Indian players to receive their maiden call up. While Varun Chakravarthy is still uncapped, the KKR spinner received his maiden call up ahead of the Australia tour but was ruled out, eventually, due to an injury.
Playing against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, on September 27, Tewatia had smashed 53 off 31 balls to successfully complete a record 224-run chase for RR in Sharjah. In that spectacular innings, Tewatia scored 8 runs off the first 19 balls before accumulating 45 off the next 12 he faced to help Rajasthan Royals gun down 224 against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah. Tewatia hit 7 sixes in that match-winning innings, including 5 maximums in the 17th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell.
What time is it?
11 ^ 1
10 | 2 IT’S RAHUL
9 ————> TEWATIA
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— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 20, 2021
Former England cricketer Graeme Swann, who was a part of the commentary panel in IPL 2020, has congratulated the young Indian all-rounder and said that ‘the world needs superheroes right now’.
“Huge congratulations to @rahultewatia02 for getting the nod for India. I hope he plays against @englandcricket in the T20’s. The world needs superheroes right now”: Swann wrote on Twitter.
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) February 20, 2021
After the aforementioned IPL game, which was already-rated Tewatia’s ultimate claim to fame in the marquee T20 league last season, Tewatia shared his experience on the field while chasing,
“That was the worst first 20 balls that I have ever played. I was hitting the ball very good in the nets, so I had belief in myself and kept going. I was not hitting the ball well initially, I saw in the dug-out, everybody was curious because they know that I can hit the ball long. I thought I had to believe in myself. It was a matter of one six, after that, I got going.
“Five in an over went amazing. Coach sent me to hit sixes off the leg-spinner, but unfortunately I didn’t hit him. Ultimately, I hit off the other bowlers,” Tewatia had said after the match.