Pune batsman Rahul Tripathi has been a revelation for RPS this season at the top of the order.
After a lacklustre campaign last year, Rising Pune Supergiant intended to bolster their firepower with some vital Indian talent in this year’s auction.
An uncapped player who represents Maharashtra in the domestic circuit, Rahul Tripathi was bought by RPS in the auctions for a price of just INR 10 lakhs. While it was the expensive Ben Stokes who was mostly in the limelight among the newly bought Pune players, nobody did really bother about uncapped Tripathi’s inclusion in the franchise.
However, after eight games, it is the lesser-known Rahul Tripathi who has solved Pune’s opening woes to a large extent.
In red-hot form, Tripathi has accumulated 290 runs from 8 matches in the ongoing edition of IPL. He also currently holding the record for scoring most runs in the Powerplays of IPL 10, ahead of the likes of Gambhir, Butler, Dhawan and McCullum.
As the new sensation continues to pile misery on the bowlers, here are five things which one should know about Rahul Tripathi.
– He is the first Pune cricketer to play for a Pune franchise in the IPL. His father, Colonel Ajay Tripathi has been a part of the Indian Army.
– Apart from his flamboyant cricketing skills, Tripathi is also good in academics, acquiring a B.Sc degree in Mathematics.
– The 26-year old’s astonishing striking capabilities scaled a new high last year when he smashed six sixes off as many balls (on two occasions) in a local tournament in Pune.
– With six back to back 30+ scores in the current edition, Rahul Tripathi is now joint second for most consecutive 30+ scores in IPL.
Consecutive scores of 30 or more in IPL:
10 R Uthappa
6 M Hayden
6 KL Rahul
6 G Gambhir
6 RAHUL TRIPATHI* #RPSvRCB
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) April 29, 2017
– He had a mediocre outing in this year’s Ranji Trophy with only 185 runs from 11 innings. However, after being bought by RPS in the auctions, Rahul’s willow started to spit fire in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 157 runs from three innings, including a blazing 95 off 74 balls against Bengal in the quarter-final.
Only time will tell if he fades away as a one-season wonder or makes it to the national team in future.