In the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Haryana all-rounder Rahul Tewatia made headlines after blasting a pair of sixes off West Indian spinner Sheldon Cottrell to assist his club beat Punjab Kings.

Naturally, Tewatia’s expectations have skyrocketed, but he has fallen short of them, at least in the first half of the IPL.

Tewatia says he practised bowling in his spare time in Faridabad. Source: aninews.in

The all-rounder will have an opportunity to redeem himself in the IPL’s UAE leg, which begins on September 19.

Tewatia has only managed to score 86 runs so far, while his leg-spin has only claimed two wickets in the first half.

The interval between matches has given Tewatia enough time to work on a few chinks, and he spoke about it ahead of the Royals’ first encounter against Punjab Kings on September 21.

Tewatia prepared and confident

Based on a report from Hindustan Times, Tewatia says “I know my performances weren’t up to the mark with regards to the high expectations I keep of myself both when it comes to batting and bowling,” he said in a release issued by RR. “However, I will put in the effort to improve the output in the next seven matches that we’re scheduled to play in the UAE.”

Rahul Tewatia further stated that his spectacular fifty against Punjab Kings has given him the confidence to perform well and that he expects to repeat the feat for the franchise in the IPL’s UAE leg.

“I am really looking forward to it, however, not just that match, but all the seven matches. I like to play all my matches with the same intensity and intent, but of course, there are good memories facing PBKS, so it feels special,” he said.

“It also gives me great belief and confidence that I can produce similar performances and do something extraordinary whatever the situation may be. My intent will always be to make the team win from anywhere.”

Finally, the 28-year-old stated that he has made no modifications to his batting style and intends to play his natural game. We look forward to seeing if Tewatia is able to match his own expectations.

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