Rahul Tewatia, who was picked in the Indian squad for the T20I series against England, has stated that the competition he faced in the Haryana camp due to the presence of many superstar players has helped him find a spot in the Indian team.
Rahul Tewatia became a household name in the IPL 2020 when his swashbuckling batting performance turned the tables on one of the most astonishing comebacks ever witnessed on a sporting field.
Tewatia backed that up with consistent performances for Rajasthan Royals and then for Haryana where every single spinner has a genuine claim to be in the Indian team. The all-rounder believes that that struggle for a spot helped him grow massively.
“Imagine fighting it out for a place in the team which has legends like Amit Mishra Bhai. Then you had Jayant Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal has also represented the state team whenever he has not been busy playing for India.
“The level of competition for spinners in the Haryana team is one of the toughest I would say. Finding a place and performing for Haryana not only gave me confidence but also helped me back my skills,” said Tewatia, reported TOI.
Tewatia excited about sharing dressing room with Virat Kohli
Tewatia is stoked at the prospect of representing India, where he will share the dressing room with none other than Virat Kohli.
“So far, I played against Virat Kohli in the IPL. Now I will play with him and share the dressing room with him. Cannot wait to share the dressing room with him and some of the best cricketers in world cricket. It will be all about learning from them and understanding how they compete against the best in the business and succeed,” Tewatia said.
The spinner further thanked Haryana Cricket Association for providing him support all throughout even when he was going through a tough patch.
“Yes, it can get tough sometimes when you have a bad game here and there, but there has been immense support from HCA. Not to forget how Anirudh sir has always instilled confidence in me. He was always a call away and ensured that I only looked at the positive side and backed my game,” he added.