IPL 2017: Nine Lesser-Known Facts About IPL’s Latest Sensation Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi’s exceptional prowess with his bat in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League has made him a household name. Considered by many as one of the best finds of this season, the 26-year old has not looked back ever since being promoted as an opener.
He was first included in the playing eleven during the third match when he came out to bat at number four but another failure from Mayank Agarwal prompted the team management to try Tripathi out as an opener and the decision has been nothing short of a masterstroke. In his very first match as an opener, he made an immediate impact, blasting 33 off just 17 balls with two sixes and three boundaries.
He instantly cemented his spot in the team by returning scores of 31, 59, 45, 38, 37 in his next five matches. A rare failure happened when he was run-out for 6 against Gujarat Lions but he bounced back in style with a match-winning 93-run knock against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday (May 3).
Against a bowling lineup consisting the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, the right-handed batsman looked at ease throughout his knock and hit seven sixes and nine fours to guide the Supergiant to a comfortable win.
His consistent performances have made him one of the most followed cricketers in the last few weeks and so here we are revealing 10 things that you might not know about IPL’s latest sensation:
- Tripathi was born in MS Dhoni’s hometown of Ranchi but now represents Maharashtra in domestic cricket.
- A bachelor of science in mathematics, Tripathi was bought for a base price of Rs 10 lakh in the 2017 auction. Tripathi was also a good student as his father once revealed in an interview that his son’s lowest score ever in the subject is 98.
- Tripathi considered the game seriously only when his father, Colonel Ajay Tripathi got posted from Srinagar to Pune after Operation Parakram.
- The Supergiant opener has hit six sixes in an over twice in a local tournament in Pune. He achieved the feat last year.
- Tripathi’s father had represented Uttar Pradesh at junior levels and had also played cricket for his University.
- He made his first-class debut for Maharashtra against Baroda in 2012 but managed to get just one more game before being dropped. His breakthrough season came in 2014-15 when he scored more than 500 runs to help his team reach the semi-final of Ranji Trophy.
- Tripathi failed to make it to the interstate and inter-zonal T20 competitions and was not a part of the Maharashtra team in the first four games of this year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy. But made an immediate impact in his first Vijay Hazare game, scoring 57 from 44 balls against Uttar Pradesh. In the quarter-final of the tournament, he scored a blistering 95 off just 74 balls in a losing cause against Bengal.
- He was the highest run-scorer in the 2009-10 Cooch Behar Trophy and has been a brilliant player for Maharashtra in age-group level tournaments.
- So far, in 26 first-class matches, he has scored 1245 runs at an average 31.92 including three centuries.
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