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“He is not overwhelmed by any opposition”: Ravi Shastri backs Rahul Tripathi on India’s debut in Ireland T20I

Former India national cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri heaped praise on 31-year-old batsman Rahul Tripathi and backed him for making his India debut in the two-match T20I series against the Ireland national cricket team.

The first match of the two-match T20I series between the Hardik Pandya-led India national cricket team and the Ireland national cricket team will be played at The Village, Malahide, Dublin on Sunday, 26 June.

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Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Shastri said that whenever Tripathi is at the crease, he keeps the scoreboard ticking. He added that Tripathi is “not overwhelmed by any opposition or any bowler” and that he has an amazing “shot making ability”.

“When he is at the crease, the scoreboard is ticking. The former head coach of Team India said, he does not go after the edged ball.

“The shot making ability, the all-rounder game he has, is not affected by any opposition or any bowler. He is scoring runs at great pace. You know which one is awesome at number 3 because he sets it up beautifully”, he added.

I am very happy that selectors and everyone believed in me: Rahul Tripathi

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Rahul Tripathi was in sensational form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as he scored 413 runs in 14 matches for Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at an average of 37.55 and a strike rate of 158.24. Also, he scored 3 half-centuries in the Indian Premier League 2022.

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After receiving his maiden India call-up for the Ireland T20I series, Tripathi said it is a dream come true moment for him. The 31-year-old said that he would give his best if he gets a chance to play for India in the two-match T20I series against the Ireland national cricket team.

“It is a huge opportunity, a dream comes true (moment) and (I) appreciate it,” Tripathi told PTI.

“I am very happy that the selectors and everyone believed in me and I have been rewarded for all the hard work I have put in. And hopefully if I get a chance to play, I will try to give my best.

Rahul Tripathi (Image Credit: Twitter)
(Image credit: Twitter)

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