Former India National Cricket Team batting coach Sanjay Bangar, who is currently the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has showered high praise on the 31-year-old Maharashtra batsman Rahul Tripathi.
Tripathi showed great intent and played an outstanding knock in the series decider T20I against New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, February 1.
He came in to bat in the second over itself after the dismissal of the wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan and stitched up a remarkable 80-run stand in 42 balls with Shubman Gill. The 31-year-old got dismissed in the 9th over after scoring brilliant 44 runs off 22 balls. His knock was laced with three sixes and four boundaries.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Bangar praised Tripathi and said that the batter is justifying the role given to him by the team management in 20-over cricket. The 50-year-old stated:
“It was an unfortunate way to get out. Rahul Tripathi knew that he was playing an amazing knock and was in an exceptional rhythm as well but got out unfortunately. It would be less however much you might praise him. He is fully justifying the role the Indian team have given to him.
“If you see where he scored his runs, he hit a six over the fine leg fielder and hit three fours as well when the short fine leg was placed. He probably sat down beforehand itself to find that area. If he had played the pull shot, it might have gone between the square leg and mid-wicket fielder.”
The knock was short but it was aggressive – Mohammad Kaif on Rahul Tripathi’s performance vs New Zealand In the 3rd T20I
Former India National Cricket Team player Mohammad Kaif was also highly impressed with Tripathi’s batting masterclass against the Kiwis and he lauded the 31-year-old batter. He elaborated:
“You need to praise Rahul Tripathi. He has a lot of experience, scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket and got a chance to make his debut after such a long time. The knock was short but it was aggressive.
“Sodhi always gets wickets. He dismissed him in the last match as well. It was a similar shot but the ball was fuller there, he had tried to play a sweep shot in Lucknow. Here also he got out but it was a bad ball. Tripathi was disappointed there, he knew that he lost his wicket to a bad ball but he played very well.”
India National Cricket Team demolished New Zealand National Cricket Team in the third T20I to seal the series 2-1. Batting first, India posted a humongous 235-run target and then bowled out New Zealand for a paltry 66 to register a dominant 168-run win.