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Rajasthan Royals (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Evin Lewis Feels His Job Is To Give Rajasthan Royals Good Starts And Says Windies Will Be Under Pressure To Defend T20 World Cup

Evin Lewis, Rajasthan Royals opener says his country West Indies will be under pressure to defend the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup title after winning it last time around in 2016. Rajasthan Royals opener Evin Lewis is everything a destructive T20 opening batsman should be. The hard-hitting West Indies cricketer looks up to Chris Gayle and is touted as the one to carry his legacy forward.

Evin Lewis was in smashing form in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League ahead of IPL 2021 Phase 2. He was the second-highest run-getter in the tournament. His exceptional performances helped St Kitts & Nevis Patriots win the title. The opener could play a crucial role for Rajasthan Royals in the UAE leg in absence of England’s Jos Buttler.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis. Image Credits: ICC

Evin Lewis Feels His Job Is To Give Rajasthan Royals Good Starts

Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram, and Evin Lewis have finally made their debut in IPL coming as replacement players in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings.

“Coming in place of Buttler and Stokes doesn’t put pressure on me. My job is to go out there and give good starts. Kumar Sangakkara (RR mentor) has welcomed me. It feels great to be back in the IPL. I had to work very hard for it,” said Evin Lewis on making up for the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes

“You need power but you need to use your mind too. You have to know the right time to take on a bowler and set up the game. You have to keep thinking all the time. Be positive even while defending,” said Evin Lewis on being an explosive batsman.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis Image Source: IPLT20.COM

“(Laughs) Many guys ask me that same question. As a batter, I try and keep a still base and watch the ball onto the bat. Many of these guys have these ramps and scoops but I am not a fan of that,” said Evin Lewis on not playing ramps or scoops.

“There will be pressure on us because we have two T20 titles. We need to first get out of the group stage. It’s a tough group. That’s the first step we have to take,” said Evin Lewis on his country-the defending champions West Indies.

An aggressive left-handed batsman, Evin Lewis, joined the RR unit as a replacement for Jos Buttler. Evin Lewis, who has played 45 T20Is for West Indies, has scored 1318 runs at the strike rate of 158.03 and has 2 hundred and 9 fifties. He has scored 466 runs in 17 IPL matches averaging 27.41. He had played for Mumbai Indians earlier.

Evin Lewis Share A Good Relationship With Chris Gayle

In Rajasthan Royals’ first IPL 2021 match at UAE, Punjab left out big-hitting Chris Gayle and included Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Adil Rashid, Fabian Allen as the four foreign players in their Playing XI.

Three players — Ishan Porel, Aiden Markram, and Adil Rashid — were handed debut caps by the Punjab outfit.  Rajasthan Royals handed a debut to West Indies dasher Evin Lewis, giving him the responsibility to start the innings with young Yashasvi Jaiswal.

“Everyone has that expectation and keep saying if I am going to be the next Chris Gayle. We have to wait and see. Only time will tell. To be honest those are big shoes to fill. Chris is a supportive guy. When we bat together and if I am having a good game, he will just rotate strike. Many bowlers fear him but he will not get into the action if his partner is doing well. We share a good relationship and I keep learning from him,” said Evin Lewis on comparision with Chris Gayle.

Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL

“We are in the same group (in the WC). So, I don’t think we need to discuss anything. We are rivals (laughs). After I play a couple of games, I can analyse the players who are going to be in the World Cup,” said Evin Lewis on Liam Livingstone.

“I’ve never seen so much grass on Dubai pitches. We can’t predict if it will spin a lot or probably keep low. But I guess time will tell. I don’t think they will want something looking that bad for a big competition like the World Cup,” said Evin Lewis on spin playing a part in UAE pitches.

Evin Lewis scored 36 runs in the thriller match between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Punjab Kings’ Arshdeep Singh took a five-wicket haul for Punjab Kings as Rajasthan Royals was bundled out for 185. For the Sanju Samson-led side, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mahipal Lamror scored 49 and 43 respectively. For Punjab, Mohammed Shami also scalped three wickets.

Punjab was poised for an easy win as they needed just four runs from the last over but the 20-year-old pacer, Kartik Tyagi changed the game with his accurate bowling. Kartik Tyagi emerged as the unlikely hero as he defended 4 runs in the final over to help Rajasthan Royals snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Punjab Kings.

Rajasthan Royals 185 (Jaiswal 49, Lomror 43, Arshdeep 5-32, Shami 3-21) beat Punjab Kings 183 for 4 (Agarwal 67, Rahul 49, Tyagi 2-29, Tewatia 1-23) by two runs

Kartik Tyagi and Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: Twitter
Kartik Tyagi and Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: Twitter
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Kartik Tyagi Praised By Jasprit Bumrah For Bowling An Outstanding Final Over

Kartik Tyagi emerged as a hero for the Rajasthan Royals last night in their IPL 2021 fixture against the Punjab Kings. Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson was assigned the tough job of defending four runs in the last over against Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram to the youngster pacer.

Not many expected the RR pacer to guide his team to a win, but Kartik Tyagi stunned everyone with a fantastic final over. He bowled a dot ball to Aiden Markram to begin the over. The PBKS batsman took a single on the next ball.

Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL

Kartik Tyagi Praised By Jasprit Bumrah For Bowling An Outstanding Final Over

In the last over, well-set Nicholas Pooran handed a catch to Sanju Samson on the third ball while new batsman Deepak Hooda played a dot ball and lost his wicket on the penultimate delivery of the match. Caribbean star Fabian Allen had to score three runs off the last ball as he failed to connect the shot. RR miraculously won by two runs. Soon after the match, Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah posted a tweet, heaping praise on Kartik Tyagi.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“What an over, #KartikTyagi! To maintain a cool head under that kind of pressure and to get the job done, great stuff, very impressive! #PBKSvRR #IPL2021,” Jasprit Bumrah wrote.

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Kartik Tyagi bowled an outstanding final over that helped Rajasthan Royals pulled off a perfect heist against Punjab Kings in a 2-run win in match 32 of IPL 2021 here on Tuesday. The 20-year-old pacer came up with five dots, including two wickets, while defending three runs in the decisive over despite Punjab Kings having two set batsmen in the middle in Aiden Markram (26* runs off 20 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (32 off 22).

Kartik Tyagi won his first Man of the Match award in IPL last night

Kartik Tyagi came into the spotlight while playing for India U-19s in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020. The right-arm pacer scalped 11 wickets in six matches for the Indian U-19 team in that tournament. Rajasthan Royals soon offered him an IPL contract, and Kartik made his IPL debut in 2020.

Kartik Tyagi speaks at a show after winning the match for Rajasthan Royals against Punjab Kings in Dubai on Tuesday night. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Kartik Tyagi speaks at a show after winning the match for Rajasthan Royals against Punjab Kings in Dubai on Tuesday night. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Almost a year after his first IPL game, the youngster bagged his first Man of the Match award in the IPL yesterday. RR fans will hope that Kartik Tyagi produces more such performances in the upcoming matches. Kartik Tyagi has 12 scalps in as many matches in IPL. He has picked up 3 scalps in 2 games in IPL 2021 averaging 20.33 with the ball this season.

Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
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Likes Of Sanju Samson Needs Consistency To Play For Team India, Says Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha, former India spinner while speaking to Sports Today said young players like Sanju Samson need to understand the importance of consistency if they are looking to seal a permanent spot in the senior national team.

Pragyan Ojha added only established stars like skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma can afford to have the luxury of going through lean patches.

Pragyan Ojha — File Photo
Pragyan Ojha — File Photo

Pragyan Ojha Reckons Likes Of Sanju Samson Has To Perform Consistently

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha came up with an interesting analogy to explain why youngsters like Sanju Samson need to perform consistently to cement their place in the India national team. His comments came after Sanju Samson began his Indian Premier League (IPL) captaincy stint with Rajasthan Royals on an impressive note.

Pragyan Ojha, speaking to Sports Today after Rajasthan Royals’ 3-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in Mumbai in their IPL 2021 encounter on Thursday, said there is no doubt about the talent that someone like Sanju Samson possess but it’s important for youngsters to keep delivering in order to rise above the competition and seal a permanent spot in the Indian team.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Sanju Samson hit a valiant 119 from just 63 balls against Punjab Kings in Royals’ IPL 2021 opener which unfortunately went in vain as the Royals fell agonizingly short of a 222-run target by 4 runs. On Thursday, Sanju Samson failed to trouble the scorers much but he led his troops well as Royals sealed a 3-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in a low-scoring thriller in Mumbai.

Sanju Samson was appointed as the captain of the Royals before the IPL 2021 after the former champions released Australia star, Steve Smith. Sanju Samson, who made his India debut as early as 2015, has not managed to find a permanent spot in the Indian team but there are no doubts about his talent.

The Kerala batsman was entrusted with captaincy by the Royals and if early signs are anything to go by, the 26-year-old is hungry for success.

Pragyan Ojha: Quite A Few Cricketers Are Like Pre-paid Sim Cards And In Order To Become Postpaid They Have To Perform Consistently

Pointing out that the likes of Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan who made their India debuts after Sanju Samson are ahead in the queue at the moment, Pragyan Ojha said only players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma can afford to have lean patches at the highest level.

“When you talk about Sanju Samson, there is one thing. When he came into this side, there was no Rishabh Pant, there was no Ishan Kishan,” Pragyan Ojha told Sports Today.

Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPL
Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPL

“In this present Indian team, consider this interesting story Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are like post-paid sim cards. They can push themselves for a bit more time without paying the bills. But quite a few youngsters are like pre-paid sim cards.

“It has to be renewed in the given time otherwise the sim is dead. All these youngsters should understand they are not post-paid sim cards. They are pre-paid sim cards, to become postpaid, they have to perform consistently,” he added.

Sanju Samson is one of the few young players who have played more than 100 IPL matches. In 109 matches he has scored 2707 runs at an average of less than 30. At the highest level, Sanju Samson has played 7 T20Is but is yet to get a 30-plus total.

Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, made a terrific international debut with his swashbuckling knock against England in the second T20I after excellent performances in IPL 2020 at UAE where he amassed 516 runs in 14 games averaging around 57 and played a part in Mumbai Indian’s title triumph.

Ishan Kishan impressed with a 28-ball half-century in his first outing in the Indian T20I team which was also his first international match.

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, 8, and 101 in the 5 innings against England. He managed 270 runs against England in 4 Tests averaging 54. He scored 155 runs in 2 ODIs and 102 runs in 5 T20Is in subsequent limited-overs series against England.

Chris Morris and Dale Steyn | IPL/BCCI
Chris Morris and Dale Steyn | IPL/BCCI
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IPL 2021: It’s Probably A Wrong Decision By Sanju Samson To Refuse Chris Morris A Single, Says Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, former South Africa pace bowler whose last stint in the IPL was with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2020 season too felt Sanju Samson’s decision to not take a single was a ‘tight call’ but subsequently maintained that Chris Morris too is capable of ‘clearing the ropes’.

Chris Morris played alongside Dale Steyn in RCB in IPL 2020 before being the costliest buy ever at the auction in IPL 2021 and was bought by Rajasthan. While some experts hailed Sanju Samson’s magical swashbuckling innings as the debutante captain, some were quick to disparage at his decision of refusing Chris Morris a single, which cost RR the game.

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI
Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson in action during IPL 2020 | Sportzpics for BCCI

Sanjay Manjrekar: Sanju Samson Took The Right Call And Almost Managed To Hit The Winning Runs By Hitting A Six

A day after Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson played the magical 119-run innings but fell just short of guiding his team past the target set by Punjab Kings, opinion was divided on whether he took the right decision to not go for a run off the penultimate ball of the innings.

The new RR skipper declined a single to Chris Morris off the second-last ball of the innings, while chasing a mammoth target of 221. Sanju Samson, instead, decided to go for a big hit off the last ball from Arshdeep Singh but couldn’t clear deep cover and was caught by Deepak Hooda instead.

Chris Morris | IPL/BCCI
Chris Morris | IPL/BCCI

Rajasthan Royals finally managed 217 for 7 in 20 overs. Former India batsman and cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said the RR captain took the right decision to not go for a single.

“Yes, he took the right call because I am thinking, which is the greatest possibility. Samson hitting the last ball for a six with the kind of form that he was in and Morris had just come in — hitting that ball for a four and, you know, I thought hitting the six was a greater possibility than Morris hitting a four.

“I thought he (Samson) took the right call and almost managed it but, unfortunately, it turned out to be a great innings in a losing cause,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying.

Chris Morris had not looked in the finest of touches with the bat till then but had only faced 4 deliveries, scoring 2 runs. The match produced a debatable incident when Sanju Samson, needing 5 runs from 2 balls, denied his non-striking partner Chris Morris a single on the penultimate ball of the match.

Facing Arshdeep Singh, Sanju Samson hit the ball towards the extra-cover region but the shot only guaranteed a single. Chris Morris ran towards him was but sent back after crossing the halfway line.

Dale Steyn: Sanju Samson Can’t Be Blamed For Not Taking A Single

Former South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn felt the decision to refuse a single was a tough call but felt Chris Morris too is capable of ‘clearing the ropes’.

“When you’re in and you feel like you can hit any ball for a six and that’s the situation that he (Samson) was in, you can’t blame him (for not taking a single).

“I think, he knew where (Arshdeep) Singh was going to bowl… (but) you know when someone like Chris Morris on the other side can also clear the ropes, it’s probably the wrong decision. Well, it’s such a tight (decision) to make..,” Dale Steyn stated.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn

On his part, Samson said, “When I am in the zone and watching the ball well, the sixes come out naturally. I don’t think I could have done better than that. I thought I timed it well for a six but unfortunately, couldn’t clear the man in the deep.”

The South African all-rounder Chris Morris remains the costliest player to have been purchased in the auction (INR 16.5 crore) but his first match in the RR shirt hadn’t gone as per plan yet.

Back in January, Dale Steyn, who has represented several teams in IPL in the past, had taken to Twitter to announce that he has withdrawn from the 14th season of the cash-rich IPL but he will continue to play in other franchise-based leagues around the world.