With most of the players from Steven Smith’s Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) suffering from an inconsistent run, it was rookie sensation Rahul Tripathi, who batted with ease, as he quickly scored runs by dealing in frequent boundaries against former 2-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in match 41 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the historic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. Tripathi smashed a 52-ball 93, as his knock helped Pune chase down the total against a deadly bowling attack of Kolkata within the 20th over, with just four balls to spare. Following the match, Tripathi said that he kept is simple, as he watched the ball and hit it accordingly. Full cricket scorecard: KKR vs RPS, IPL 2017, Match 41 at Eden Gardens
“If I had made some plans that wouldn’t have worked because these are good bowlers, they are a good bowling side. So I just kept it simple to watch the ball and hit the ball and just go with my gut feeling. Keeping my mind blank … that was important and that helped me today. I played as the ball was coming so I played according to the merit of the ball. I feel good. I was getting good starts so I wanted to carry on that start. It’s good that we won the match, that is more important. I would have loved to finish the match, that’s one thing. But it’s okay, if we win the match it’s okay I miss the century,” said Tripathi in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com. Full cricket updates: KKR vs RPS, IPL 2017, Match 41 at Eden Gardens
Speaking on his experience working with great international cricket icons, he said, “It’s helping me a lot, it’s a dream experience for me. Opening with Ajinkya bhai, even if he says simple things like, ‘you are batting well,’ you get a belief that somebody like Ajinkya Rahane is telling you that you are hitting the ball well with good intent. Even off the field, Faf [du Plessis] is there, Ben [Stokes] is there, even the coaches, our team is having so much fun. Playing with MS [Dhoni] bhai … he’s a legend. Two times I’ve been not out luckily while batting with him.”
He also spoke on his couple of runs outs this season. “I’m not that much used to playing in front of such crowds so I got late to react both times,” he concluded.