India's spin all-rounder Rahul Tewatia got rewarded for his scintillating performance in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he earned his maiden call up to the Indian squad for the upcoming 5 T20 Internationals against England, starting from March 12 at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Rahul Tewatia had hogged all the limelight during the 13th edition of the IPL by smashing 5 sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in an over to help Rajasthan Royals (RR) win the game. The left-handed batsman ended IPL 2020 with 255 runs under his belt at an average of 42.50 and a strike rate of 139.34. The 27-year-old was equally impressive with the ball as he picked 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.09.
Speaking about the surreal moment of getting named in the Indian squad, Tewatia revealed that his inclusion in Haryana's domestic squad as a spinner despite the presence of players like Yuzvendra Chahal, Jayant Yadav and Amit Mishra had boosted his morale and helped him in having confidence in his skills and talent.
“Imagine fighting it out for a place in the team which has legends like Amit Mishra Bhai. Then you had Jayant Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal has also represented the state team whenever he has not been busy playing for India. The level of competition for spinners in the Haryana team is one of the toughest I would say. Finding a place and performing for Haryana not only gave me confidence but also helped me back my skills,” said Tewatia as quoted by Times Now.
The spin all-rounder is also excited about sharing the same dressing room with the Indian captain and batting maestro Virat Kohli. Tewatia is a big admirer of Kohli and has been quite vocal in expressing his admiration and love towards the Indian captain.
“So far, I played against Virat Kohli in the IPL. Now I will play with him and share the dressing room with him. Cannot wait to share the dressing room with him and some of the best cricketers in world cricket. It will be all about learning from them and understanding how they compete against the best in the business and succeed,” concluded Tewatia.