IND VS AUS: Rahul Tripathi, in the opinion of Sanjay Bangar, thoroughly justifies the job that has been assigned to him in Twenty20 cricket, and no accolades are sufficient for the Maharashtra batsman.
On Wednesday, February 1, in Ahmedabad, India set a lofty 235-run total for New Zealand in the third and last T20I. Tripathi scored 44 runs off only 22 balls. The Kiwis were subsequently dismissed for only 66 runs by Hardik Pandya and the company. They gave them a convincing 168-run victory in the series finale.
Sanjay Bangar was questioned about his opinions on Rahul Tripathi’s performance and his removal during a conversation on Star Sports. He replied:
“It wasn’t the best way to leave. Rahul Tripathi was unlucky to be dismissed after playing a fantastic knock and being in a fantastic rhythm. No matter how much you would laud him, it would be less. He is totally defending the part that the Indian team has assigned him.”
The former Indian batting instructor claims that the SunRisers Hyderabad batsman was defeated by a deliberate shot, clarifying:
“If you look at where he scored runs, you’ll find that he struck three fours and a six when the short fine leg was put. He most likely found that spot on his own and sat down first. He may have hit the draw shot between both the fielders at mid-wicket and square leg.”
When the Indians lost Ishan Kishan in the second over with only seven runs scored, Tripathi came out to play. In seven overs, he scored an 80-run partnership with Shubman Gill for the second wicket. He turned the tide of the match in the hosts’ favor.
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IND VS AUS: Mohammad Kaif on Rahul Tripathi:
Tripathi received a lot of accolades from Mohammad Kaif as well. “Rahul Tripathi deserves your admiration. He has a large amount of experience, has amassed a lot of runs in county cricket, and finally gets the opportunity to make his debut. Despite being brief, the knock was forceful.”
The former Indian batsman elaborated on the idea that Tripathi was dissatisfied since he got out to a shot that called for punishment:
“Sodhi consistently wins wickets. He was also defeated by him in the previous game. He attempted to play a sweep shot in Lucknow. But the ball was larger there and it was a comparable stroke. He was also out there, but the ball was poor. Tripathi was frustrated because he batted well but lost his wicket to a poor ball.”
During his game, Rahul Tripathi hit three sixes and four fours. He attempted to reach his first fifty with a maximum at deep square leg by pulling Ish Sodhi directly down Lockie Ferguson’s throat.