Rahul Tewatia\
Rahul Tewatia (Source: Twitter)

Rahul Tewatia, the all-rounder was bought for ₹9 crore in the Indian Premier League mega auction, conducted in February earlier this year. Among other high-profile signings for Gujarat Titans was all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, who was bought for INR 9 crore in the auction. However, Rahul Tewatia is not concerned with the price tag.

The 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League begins on March 26, with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening game of the tournament at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia [Image Credit: IPLT20]

Rahul Tewatia Wants To Fulfill Role Assigned By New Gujarat Titans Franchise

The upcoming edition of the IPL 2022 tournament sees an addition of two new franchises to the IPL roster; Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans. Both sides built their respective squads in the mega auction of the tournament, roping in star international and Indian players to their roster.

“My point of view is that, what is the point of taking pressure about these things? The team is showing belief in you and that is why they are ready to spend that kind of money on you. I don’t feel the pressure and it is just a case of trying to repay their faith. I just want to fulfill the role for which I was taken in the team and just work hard,” Tewatia said in a media interaction.

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Gujarat Titans retained 3 players for a whopping 38 Crores; the most any franchise spent on retention on their top 3 players. Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan were retained for INR 15 Crores each and Shubman Gill was retained for INR 8 Crores.

Apart from pacer Lockie Ferguson and spin all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, they also got pacer Mohammed Shami at a price of ₹6.25 Cr. They also got some good steals in form of Jason Roy (who opted out) (₹2 Cr) and Matthew Wade (₹2.4 Cr). They banked on quite a few all-rounders as the likes of Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, and Jayant Yadav.

Rahul Tewatia Feels The Role Of An All Rounder Is Important

Rahul Tewatia further said that he would need to shoulder a lot of responsibility when he comes out to bat during the upcoming Indian Premier League. Gujarat Titans start their IPL campaign against Lucknow Super Giants on March 28 at the Wankhede stadium.

“.. the role of an all-rounder is important and it is there in every team, the one who bat at 6-7-8 their role is very important, that they have less time and more opportunity to make an impact. It is an important role and we can put the team in a good position,” Tewatia said.

Gujarat Titans bagged Rahul Tewatia for a sum of Rs 9 crore. (Photo: BCCI)
Gujarat Titans bagged Rahul Tewatia for a sum of Rs 9 crore. (Photo: BCCI)

“If we bat first, we try to finish well and if we are chasing, we will try and see how we can get over the finish line, and we will prepare accordingly,” he elaborated.

Rahul Tewatia, whose favourite cricketer is former India swashbuckling all-rounder Yuvraj Singh; also said he was very keen to fulfill the “unfinished business” which was to win the coveted IPL Trophy.

Rahul Tewatia made his IPL debut in 2014, and since then has featured in a total of 48 matches, registered 521 runs. He has also scored a solitary half-century during his entire IPL career. Also, he has taken 32 wickets in the league.

Rahul Tewatia, who shot to IPL fame with a magical 31-ball 53 in a historic chase against Punjab in IPL 2020, has been sold for more than 20 times his base price of Rs 40 lakh at the mega IPL 2022 auction in Bengaluru. Gujarat Titans (GT) have signed Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a replacement for the England batter Jason Roy for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.