Rising Pune Supergiants opening batsman Rahul Tripathi smashed helps their sides to win by 4 wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday at Eden Gardens.
Tripathi has smashed 93 off 52 balls with only boundaries of nine four and seven sixes before he was dismissed in the second last over of the targeting when RSP needs sixes runs to wins over KKR.
The 26-year-old RPS batsman Tripathi said that he did not regret missing out on the century as Rising Pune Supergiants won and moved to the third place in the point table.
When asked by iplt20.com about his performance played against KKR, Tripathi said “I think that worked well (going with the gut feeling). If I had made some plans that wouldn’t have worked because these are good bowlers, they are a good bowling side.”
“So I just it simple to watch the ball and hit the ball and just go with my gut feeling. Keeping my mind blank…that was important and that helped me today. I played as the ball was coming so I played according to the merit of the ball.”
He added, “I feel good. I was getting good starts so I wanted to carry on that start. It’s good that we won the match that is more important. I am very happy. I would have loved to finish the match, that’s one thing. But it’s ok if we win the match it’s ok I miss the century.”
Talking about his dream, Tripathi said, “It’s helping me a lot, it’s a dream experience for me. Opening with Ajinkya bhai, even if he says simple things like, ‘you are batting well,’ you get a belief that somebody like Ajinkya Rahane is telling you that you are hitting the ball well with good intent.”
Tripathi added, “Even off the field, Faf [du Plessis] is there, Ben [Stokes] is there, even the coaches, our team is having so much fun. Playing with MS [Dhoni] bhai…he’s a legend. Two times I’ve been not out luckily while batting with him.”