Rahul Tripathi of SRH celebrates his match-winning knock against his former team. Tripathi’s brilliant counterattacking innings eliminated KKR from the game.
As Sunrisers Hyderabad won their third game in a row in the IPL 2022, Rahul Tripathi was at his best against his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. The Orange Army were in trouble after losing both openers cheaply in a 176-point chase at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday. However, Tripathi’s brilliant counterattacking innings eliminated KKR from the game.
Every KKR bowler, from Varun Chakaravarthy to Pat Cummins, became a victim of Tripathi’s wrath. Tripathi scored 71 off 37 deliveries as SRH won by seven wickets in 17.5 overs. Needless to say, the brisk batter was overjoyed when he was named Player of the Match for his outstanding performance.
The time I spent with KKR was memorable: Rahul Tripathi
The 31-year-old also stated that he was excited to play against his former team. “I had a good time today.” It was a special time with KKR, and it is now a special time with KKR. There are difficult days, but I enjoy both the hard work and the good days. Before going in to bat, I am a little fidgety, but I am happy that I got this innings today,” the SRH batter said in a post-match presentation.
Tripathi is familiar with the KKR bowlers’ strengths and strategies because he spent a significant amount of time with them. “If you’re new, (Andre) Russell bangs it in short, and I was looking for that shot if the ball was there.” Varun bowls well, and I didn’t expect him to pitch it up, which is why I went for the lofted shot. “It wasn’t planned,” the slugging right-hander added.
Meanwhile, after losing their first two games in the IPL 2022, SRH is back in action. Tripathi has been instrumental in the Orange Army’s comeback, scoring 171 runs at a strike rate of more than 170. He’ll like to continue his stellar run as the tournament progresses.