Rahul Tripathi continues to be on the wrong side of luck.
He started his IPL career with promising performance for the Rising Pune Supergiant. Given a consistent chance at the top order, Rahul Tripathi provided his side with consistent starts and was crucial to the finals’ run.
He then joined the Rajasthan Royals, and it was from this moment, his fortunes changed. Being in a side that consists of Jos Butler, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi couldn’t feature in his favorite opening spot frequently.
Despite moving around the batting order, Rahul Tripathi played some excellent knocks in both seasons. He couldn’t keep his place in the side and was always in and out of the eleven. His aggressive batting, though useful in the middle-order, was not close to his top-order contributions.
For IPL 2020, he joined the Kolkata Knight Riders. With the presence of Narine and Gill at the top, Tripathi was benched for the initial games. He was bought into play the Delhi Capitals in Sharjah, replacing spinner Kuldeep Yadav, while hoping to strengthen the batting.
He was again deprived of his favorite opening spot as Narine was given another chance at the top.
While Narine didn’t perform with the bat again, Tripathi was made to wait for long. With the game slipping away and the likes of bowling allrounder Pat Cummins going ahead of him, Tripathi was patiently waiting for his chance.
He walked into bat in the 14th over following Cummins wicket. He joined Morgan when the game was almost out of hand. Against all odds, Morgan and Tripathi launched a fantastic fightback with many big shots.
They hit their way closer and closer to the target, bringing it within reach. It was going well till Morgan and Tripathi were dismissed in the 18th and 19th overs, respectively. Their dismissals all but sealed the game for the Knight Riders.
Despite the loss, Tripathi was given a chance to show that he should come into bat earlier and performed well, scoring 36 off 16 balls while having a great partnership with Morgan.
Rahul Tripathi was given a chance to open in the next game against Chennai Super Kings. As an opener, Tripathi played a fantastic knock, scoring 80 runs, while batsmen around him struggled to get starts. His innings proved to be the difference between victory and defeat, and Rahul Tripathi was the man of the match.
His innings sealed his spot as the opener for the Knight Riders. He opened in the next game but couldn’t make a contribution, getting dismissed for four.
While he didn’t do much in the second game, things were still going for Rahul Tripathi as he was back in his favored spot at the top.
Misfortune was to hit him again, though.
With Narine missing the game against Bangalore, England opener Tom Banton got a chance at the order’s top. Chasing 194, Tom Banton and Shubman Gill opened the batting while Rahul Tripathi went down the order. Banton and Gill struggled to get going and showed no intent against the bowlers in the initial stages before their dismissals. They could not provide the required momentum in a run chase, which proved crucial as none of the batsmen could get going.
Rahul Tripathi walked in at seven, and by the time he came in, the way out of hand. He made 16 and was the 8th man to be dismissed.
It is wondered if his intent and aggressive style were missing at the top in a steep chase. Rahul Tripathi, who generally looks to attack the bowlers upfront, could have provided the Knight Riders with a quick start to get their innings going.
He was unlucky again to have been pushed down the order, disturbing the opening pair as well.