Rahul Tewatia is an Indian cricketer who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He also plays for his home state Haryana in domestic cricket tournaments. He was on born 20 May 1993 in Faridabad town of Haryana. Tewatia made his Ranji Trophy debut for Haryana against Karnataka in 2013 at the age of 20 years. With his slow leg-breaks and powerful stroke-making, he was soon assessed to be a complete package by the IPL franchises and made his debut in IPL in the following year for the Royals.
As a result of his outstanding IPL 2020 outing, Rahul was rewarded with a selection to India’s T20I squad for the five-match home series against England. He, however, did not find a place in the playing eleven to demonstrate his skills and temperament in an international arena. He was dropped for the next series against Sri Lanka although six spinners were part of the team. Popular commentator Akash Chopra described it as a grave injustice.
Rahul Tewatia is an ambidextrous cricketer who bats left-handed and bowls his slow leg spinners with right hand. He has been utilized by the teams he has played for as a lower-order bowling all-rounder. As a batter, he is a fierce striker of the ball who is not afraid to lift the ball over the ropes. Rahul gained much popularity for his dashing performance in IPL 2020 during which made a spectacular effort of hitting 5 sixes in 6 balls, equalling Chris Gayle’s record of maximum sixes in an over in a match in IPL. With this performance, he played a very significant role in Rajasthan Royal’s win against Punjab Kings. It has been the highest successful run chase of 224 in IPL history.
He is a clean striker of the ball and is well known for his scoops on the leg side. During an IPL 2020 match against RCB, he was hit on the chest by a beaming 140 kmph full toss from Navjeet Saini and collapsed. He soon recovered and hit the next two balls for consecutive sixes, the second one of these again being a scoop to the leg side. This speaks volumes for his temperament. As a bowler, he is utilized in the middle overs.
Rahul Tewatia was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2014 for INR 10 lakhs. His services were purchased by Delhi Capitals during the IPL auction in 2018 with a major salary hike to INR 3 crores. During that IPL auction, his base price was INR 10 lakhs. Yet it quickly rose to 2.5 crores as both the Delhi and Punjab franchises bid aggressively for him. Finally, Delhi Capitals clinched the issue with the bid of INR 3.0 crores. Tewatia’s current IPL salary rank is 142. His year-wise salary is given below:
|2021||Rajasthan Royals||INR 3.0 crores|
|2020||Rajasthan Royals||INR 3.0 crores|
|2019||Delhi Capitals||INR 3.0 crores|
|2018||Delhi Capitals||INR 3.0 crores|
|2017||King’s IX Punjab||INR 25 lakhs|
|2015||Rajasthan Royals||INR 10 lakhs|
|2014||Rajasthan Royals||INR 10 lakhs|
|Total||INR 12.45 crores|
Rahul Tewatia is a wrist spinner. He has bowled in a total of 48 matches that he has played for the three franchises. He has taken 32 wickets in all with an overall economy of 7.70. His best bowling performance has been 3/18 during IPL 2018. Here is a complete breakdown of his IPL numbers:
Rahul Tewatia is an orthodox right-arm leg-spinner. He is a wrist spinner. Unlike spinners like Ravindra Jadeja who like to quickly push the ball through the air, Tewatia is not afraid to give it air and toss it up. One of his outstanding performances with the ball has been a match-winning contribution of 2/18 in his first outing for the Punjab Kings during IPL 2017. When he was part of Delhi Capitals, the team management at one stage preferred him over Amit Mishra, who is an IPL veteran and has played for the national side as well.
Rahul Tewatia’s current IPL price for 2021 is Rs 3.0 crores. He was retained by Rajasthan Royals for this price. His salary had seen a significant jump during the IPL auction in 2018 when Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings competed to get his services. It has remained steady at INR 3.0 crores till IPL 2021. His total net worth is INR 18 crores.
Rahul Tewatia played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. He began his IPL career for the Rajasthan team in 2014. In between, he had a one-year stint with Punjab Kings IX in 2017. He was purchased by Delhi Capitals during IPL 2018 auction for a major salary hike and was retained in the next year too with the Delhi franchise. Tewatia had his homecoming to Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2020 and has been retained by the Rajasthan team in 2021 as well.
Yes, Rahul Tewatia is playing in IPL 2021. He is part of the Rajasthan Royals. He has not been as successful as he was during IPL 2020. However, in the last match of the Royals in IPL 2021, he played a lone fighting and aggressive innings of 44 as all others failed miserably on a slow batting surface against the wily bowlers of Knight Riders. He thus made a strong case for himself for next year’s IPL auction.
Rahul Tewatia was retained by Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2021 after his outstanding performance for them in IPL 2020. During that IPL he had paid them back for the confidence reposed in him by playing in all the matches with a batting average of 42.5 and taking 10 wickets. During IPL 2021, he played in all the matches as part of the Rajasthan team although his performance was much below the standard set by him during the previous year.
Rahul Tewatia is not yet married. He is presently engaged to his would-be life partner Ridhi Pannu, a 25-year-old who has an attractive persona and is based in Mumbai. They got engaged in a private ceremony with only a few close ones in attendance at Tewatia’s hometown in Haryana. The event has aroused a lot of curiosity and interest among his fans.