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New Delhi: Rahul Tewatia made a name for himself in IPL 2020 when he played one of the best cameos in IPL history to help Rajasthan Royals chase a record 224 runs against Kings XI Punjab.
Rajasthan needed an impossible 51 runs to win the last 18 deliveries. And Tewatia hit 5 sixes in the 18th over, equaling Sheldon Cottrell’s record for most sixes in an over in IPL history. A record previously held only by Chris Gayle.
In the 19th over, Mohammad Shamir fell to Tewatia and could not finish the victory himself; But his 31-ball-53-run knock, which included seven sixes, completely changed Rajasthan’s pace, before Joffra Archer and Tom Curran finished the 2008 champions’ four-wicket win.
The 28-year-old from Haryana has come a long way. He made his IPL debut in 2014 for Rajasthan Royals, but then went into business with Kings XI Punjab. He played next in the IPL in 2017, then traded to Delhi Capitals in 2018 and then traded to Rajasthan Royals.
At the 2022 auction, Tewatia was bought by the Gujarat Titans, one of the two new teams, for Rs 9 crore.

Tewatia recently spoke to TimesofIndia.com about his preparations for the 2022 IPL season and how he will pick up some trade strategies from Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
Quotes:
What was your initial idea about Gujarat Titans and what are you waiting for the most?
They showed confidence in me and took me to their new team. The motto of each team is the same: win the trophy, the same here. We will work hard match by match and concentrate on the process.
Do you think price tag pressures can affect you, or will you benefit overall from the experience of sharing dressing rooms with star players and perform better?
The team has shown faith in me and I will try my best, work hard and whatever role I get, I will give my best shot.

What do you want to learn from your captain Hardik Pandya?
Everyone is aware of Hardik’s abilities, he is playing successfully for India and in IPL, so I will talk to him about his mentality in difficult situations.
Do you think the Gujarat Titans have the strength to go all the way and win the IPL title?
Of course, we have experienced players, young players from top to bottom. We have an excellent team balance and we will make sure we have a good tournament.

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In addition to Hardik Pandya, name a player with whom you are looking forward to sharing the dressing room and why?
We need to get together with a team, a family, and everyone, so I’m interested in sharing the dressing room with all the other players. I have shared the dressing room with many players from other teams, but I will share the dressing room with Rashid Khan for the first time. I will play with him for the first time, so I look forward to it.

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Rashid Khan and Hardik Pandya during the Gujarat Titans practice at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. (IPL / PTI photo)
Rashid Khan is one of the best bowlers in short format. What do you want to learn from him and add to your arsenal so that you can become a more aggressive bowler?
Every player has his own strengths and abilities and as far as learning is concerned, I try to learn from every cricketer. And Rashid Khan is a mysterious bowler, so try to know some secrets from him.

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Rashid Khan and Hardik Pandya during the Gujarat Titans practice at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. (IPL / PTI photo)
You played that famous knock against Punjab in IPL. Since then you have been under pressure to replicate that knock, has that extra responsibility fallen on your shoulders after that innings because the whole world has learned about your abilities since then?
The responsibility was there before. But expectations have risen after playing that push. But it’s good that people expect me to do well for the team because it inspires me to play better and deal with situations according to my ability. So it inspires me, so there is no pressure.
Do you think the new format with 10 teams will make IPL more attractive?
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.

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