Rahul Tripathi, Swashbuckling Player of IPL in his initial career of IPL has went through the proper topsy turvy turf where he was not in form in some of the seasons but came out boomer in another.

But, these days have been a perfect turn in his life where he entered into IPL 2022 mega auction with a base price of 40 lakh and fetched 8.50 crore. The team which bought him for this price was Sunrisers hyderabad.

Rahul Tripathi, thus hoped to pull out the SRH’s Middle order from the Unperforming pocket to the bludgeoning players gang hammering sixes.

This year David Warner, who was rested for  some of the matches was bought by DC.

“I was with Pune for the first year and did well. Then I came to Rajasthan Royals, and there I was given a different role where I batted in the middle order. It was new for me but it went well in the first year. But in the second year was when I was not able to execute what I had planned,” he reflects.

“When I went to Kolkata Knight Riders, I really felt good and practised very hard. I was really hungry to do well. I was fortunate that I was able to work with the likes of Abhishek Nayar and then Brendon McCullum. Nayar helped me in understanding my game. The two years with KKR were very special,” Tripathi says.

He is now ready for a new experience. Kane Williamson is the Sunrisers skipper and Tripathi speaks very highly of him. “Playing in the IPL gives you the opportunity to share the dressing room with great players. I’m looking forward to playing with Kane. He is someone who is doing well not just in T20 but in all formats. As a person, he is very humble and the way he carries himself is really great.”

Sunrisers have often been dogged by middle-order woes and are looking for a versatile batsman. Over the years, Tripathi has played at almost all batting positions, be it opening, middle order, or as a finisher.


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