New Delhi: “I always told Rahul (Tewatia) that he will have his day in the IPL and it would be because of his batting,” the joy and satisfaction was palpable in childhood coach Vijay Yadav’s voice whereas speaking about his ward’s match-defining 31-ball 53 for Rajasthan Royals in an IPL encounter.
IPL throws up unlikely stars and Sunday was a “day of Rahuls” when the lesser identified Tewatia from Haryana’s Sihi village in Faridabad district stole the thunder from the uber cool India star KL Rahul, placing 5 sixes in an over from Sheldon Cottrell that modified the course of RR’s match in opposition to Kings XI Punjab.
And icing on the cake was Royals model ambassador Shane Warne’s reward.
“Firstly what courage and heart shown by Tewatia, especially after his poor start with bat, well done young man awesome,” Warne summed it up in a tweet that Tewatia would bear in mind for a very long time.
Haryana has had a practice of manufacturing leg-spinners and Tewatia adopted within the footsteps his a lot illustrious colleagues Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal regardless of being of their shadows for the higher a part of the final seven years in senior cricket.
However Yadav, a former hard-hitting India wicketkeeper-batsman (greatest identified for advising Sachin Tendulkar to bowl the final over within the Hero Cup semi-final in opposition to South Africa), remembers a shy child who got here to his “Cricket Gurukul” in 1998-99 as an eight-year previous.
“His father is a lawyer in a Faridabad court and they are a middle-class family. But what struck me was his family’s enthusiasm even though he was a shy kid,” Yadav fondly remembers.
“Not just his father but his uncles would also come to drop him and they were like any aspiring parent if their kid didn’t get a chance to bat or bowl. ‘Sir kya kar rahein hain, Rahul ko khilate kyun nahi’,” Yadav remembers.
“It was like the whole family wanted to make him a cricketer.”
In reality, Tewatia’s profession ran parallel with Chahal as they performed U-15s and U-19s collectively.
“A player must be aware about his strengths and when Rahul was in his teens, he was always competing with Chahal, I made him aware about a few things,” Yadav stated.
What was his Guru Mantra?
“Simple. I told him he will be a useful leg-spinner but Amit and Chahal are more skilful bowlers. His advantage was his batting which was in a different league. I told him that you can win an IPL game with this batting,” stated Yadav, who has been an India A fielding coach.
“I told him that white ball was his calling and at the National Under-22, he scored 90 plus on debut in Raipur. He is an asset as a batting all-rounder,” Yadav stated.
Even throughout lockdown, Tewatia, together with Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata Knight Riders participant Rinku Singh, would come for nets at his academy and the balls would land on the highway when it hit the center of his bat.
“I am not surprised he hit five sixes in an over. He is capable of doing that. Remember his first stint in IPL with KXIP when he got two games. He showed glimpses,” defined Yadav.
Sachin Tendulkar termed Tewatia’s knock as “terrific” whereas expressing his shock at why KXIP bowlers “didn’t bowl yorkers” on the loss of life.
Yadav, who as soon as performed a cameo in South Africa to win an ODI throughout India’s first tour to the nation in 1992-93, is life like about what Tewatia can obtain.
“Simply know one factor. All Haryana gamers lately have gotten India alternatives once they deserved whether or not it’s Jogi (Joginder Sharma), Mohit (Sharma), Yuzi (Yuzvendra Chahal) or Jayant (Yadav).
“Rahul should back his strength which is white-ball cricket. I am not saying he won’t play red ball regularly but white ball is his calling.”