Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar stated that Rahul Tewatia’s hard-hitting and pulversing knocks in the IPL 2022 for Gujarat Titans have ot to do with him smashing West Indies pace bowler Sheldon Cottrell in IPL 2020 in Sharjah.
“That assault on Sheldon Cottrell in Sharjah gave him the belief to do the impossible and the confidence that he belongs here. We saw the impossible (he did with the bat) the other day as well (against RCB). There’s no twitching or touching the pads (which shows a batter’s nervousness) when he bats in the death overs. He just waits for the ball to be delivered and plays his shots. He’s got all the shots in the book, but most importantly his temperament to stay cool in a crisis is brilliant,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports.
Gavaskar said he had nicknamed the 28-year-old cricketer the ‘ice-man’ and lauded Tewatia’s ability to remain unruffled during tense moments.
“Reason why (I) call him the ice-man is because he just stands there (at the crease) and shows no signs of shrugs or whatever. He’s composed; he’s anticipating the deliveries and knows which shots to play. In his mind, he’s ready that if the ball is (landing) there, he’s going to play his favourite shot. And when he middles (the ball), it’s always a six. That’s what makes him the ice-man because he’s not ruffled at all (with the situation),” added Gavaskar.
Gujarat Titans are currently on top of the points table.