Learnt how to bat calmly under pressure from MS Dhoni, hoping to impress selectors in IPL 2022, says Rahul Tripathi | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricketer Rahul Tripathi hasn’t made his worldwide debut but, however he is without doubt one of the extra proficient batsmen round, who the selectors may be maintaining a tally of for a possible T20I call-up sooner or later, like his state-mate from Maharashtra, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who made his T20I debut final yr after good performances on the home and IPL ranges.
Like most Indian cricketers of this technology, Tripathi too is a giant MS Dhoni fan. He shared the dressing room with Dhoni in his maiden IPL season with the Rising Pune Supergiant crew (now defunct) in 2017.
After RPS, the 31-year-old went on to play for the Rajasthan Royals (2018 and 2019) after which the Kolkata Knight Riders (2020 and 2021). Tripathi will now be plying his commerce for the Sunrisers Hyderabad who purchased the attacking batsman for a whopping Rs 8.50 crore within the final IPL participant public sale.
Final yr (in 2021), Tripathi, whereas taking part in for KKR, discovered himself in a pressure-cooker state of affairs and the Maharashtra cricketer held his nerve to seal the deal for his crew. In Qualifier 2, in Sharjah, Kolkata Knight Riders had been 123/2 in 16 overs, chasing Delhi Capitals 135/5.

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KKR regarded effectively on track for a snug win, however a flurry of wickets put KKR on the verge of shedding the essential sport. With 10 required off 13 balls, KKR misplaced the wickets of Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine in fast succession. The equation got here down to six wanted off simply 2 balls.
Tripathi did not waste a lot time and pumped an enormous six off R Ashwin (who was on a hat-trick), to assist KKR enter the ultimate. It was a cool, calm and picked up hit from Tripathi below strain and got here in for heavy reward.
“Hitting the six in that state of affairs was one thing particular for me. I did not rush and I used to be assured and handled these butterflies within the abdomen and the adrenaline rush. Holding calm in such conditions is an artwork I learnt from Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni),” Tripathi advised TimesofIndia.com in an unique interview forward of IPL 2022.
Tripathi has performed 62 IPL video games to date, scoring 1385 runs at a mean of 26.13. He has 7 fifties below his belt.
In his maiden IPL look in 2017, whereas he was with RPS, Tripathi performed 14 matches and scored 391 runs at a mean of 27.93.


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He performed the 2018 and 2019 seasons for Rajasthan Royals, scoring 226 runs in 12 matches within the 2018 season and 141 runs in 8 matches within the 2019 season for the Royals.
2020 and 2021 noticed Tripathi play for 2 time champions, KKR. He scored 230 runs in his maiden look for KKR in 2020, averaging 23.00. In 2021, the 31-year-old had a powerful run as he managed 397 runs in 17 matches at a mean of 28.35.
Over the seasons, Tripathi has essayed a number of roles for varied groups – opener, anchor, finisher. The one factor that stands out about him essentially the most maybe is the fixed smile he has on his face, even in essentially the most excessive strain conditions.
“I need to be a great finisher for my crew identical to Mahi bhai. Taking part in below Mahi bhai was a dream come true for me. I used to be privileged that I used to be picked for RPS and obtained to play below Mahi bhai in my maiden IPL season. Sharing the dressing room, studying from his expertise, taking suggestions from him, chatting with him and observing him was a giant large factor for me. He guided me all the way in which. Even now, whichever crew I’m taking part in for, I simply go and discuss to him and he’s very blissful to assist me. His presence within the crew is sufficient and particular for each participant,” Tripathi, who has to date performed 47 First Class matches for Maharashtra, additional advised TimesofIndia.com.
“I’ve good reminiscences with all of the groups (RPS, RR and KKR). Some particular reminiscences had been with RPS after I performed a 93-run knock vs KKR. That innings will at all times be on high of my listing. That was a particular knock. I’ve performed some good knocks for RR as effectively. The final two years with KKR had been wonderful. I used to be very blissful and had my finest time there. I actually loved taking part in at KKR due to the folks round. The time I had there was wonderful. In fact, taking KKR to the ultimate with that six, I’ll at all times cherish,” the 31 yr previous, who can be a proper arm medium pacer additional stated.


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There was an intense bidding conflict between SRH and CSK within the final participant public sale to purchase Tripathi, earlier than SRH secured his providers for Rs 8.50 Crore.
Tripathi as soon as once more would have been seen taking part in below Dhoni, if CSK had gained that bidding conflict.
Tripathi can be taking part in below a brand new skipper in Kane Williamson this time. Aside from captain Williamson and Tripathi, SRH even have the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Glenn Phillips, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, Priyam Garg, Washington Sundar, Shreyas Gopal and Kartik Tyagi as a part of their participant roster.
“It is a new starting. I’m very excited to don the orange jersey. IPL has been an important platform for me and for each cricketer. I obtained the possibility to rub shoulders with star gamers world wide. I’ve obtained many alternatives and publicity to showcase my expertise and this platform has helped me to take my sport to a different stage,” Tripathi stated.
Recognized to be a technically sound batsman, cricket runs in Rahul Tripathys genes. His father, an Military man, performed junior stage cricket for Uttar Pradesh and likewise performed College stage cricket. Rahul did not have the perfect of introductions to First Class cricket in 2012 and was not a part of the Ranji Workforce regularly. His IPL choice for RPS for Rs 10 lakh in 2017 turned issues round in dramatic type for Rahul, who has a BSc in arithmetic and would have been an engineer, if his ardour for cricket had not steered him in one other course altogether.

Now, his focus is on serving to SRH win their second IPL title, whereas holding his fingers crossed for an India call-up.
“There are gamers who’ve made it to the Indian aspect due to the IPL and I’m additionally trying ahead to the identical. I’m actually blissful to hitch the Sunrisers Hyderabad. I’ll attempt to give my finest. I’ll proceed to present my hundred p.c. I’m hoping to impress the (nationwide) selectors within the upcoming season,” Tripathi advised TimesofIndia.com.
As he has performed many occasions up to now within the IPL, Tripathi is open to batting in any place the crew wants him to play in.
“The SRH squad is trying sturdy. Kane (Williamson) is a good participant and the most effective captains on the earth. He’s any person who at all times stays calm and does his job very effectively. Now we have an important squad and I’m certain Kane will take SRH to a title win. I’m able to bat in any place. If Kane asks me to open, I’ll and if he asks me to bat within the center order, I’m prepared for that too,” Tripathi signed off.

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