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Tripathi ready for India call-up?

Last updated on: May 18, 2022 16:33 IST
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'He's a seriously special player and he comes out and takes that momentum away and that's his attitude every time he bats.'

Rahul Tripathi

IMAGE: SunRisers Hyderabad's Rahul Tripathi is realistic about his India chances. Photograph: BCCI

Rahul Tripathi's red-hot form in the Indian Premier League has convinced former India coach Ravi Shastri that the Sunrisers Hyderabad top order batsman is good enough to play international cricket.

Tripathi smashed his third fifty of the season on Tuesday to secure his team's narrow victory against Mumbai Indians that also kept alive their hopes of making the playoffs.

The 31-year-old is eighth in the leading scorers' list, though his 161-plus strike rate is higher than the seven ahead of him.

 

"He's not far at all," Shastri told ESPNcricinfo of Tripathi's India prospects.

"If someone doesn't get up from the bench or gets up from the wrong side of the bed and gets injured, this guy can be slotted in straightaway.

"He can go at number three or four, he's a dangerous player, and should be in the mix."

Tripathi has been the most prolific number three batsman this season and impressed again with his 76 off 44 balls on Tuesday.

"He's been around for a bit and what I like about his game is his fearlessness, and he's got a tag of being a known quantity and someone the opposition wants to get out quickly," Shastri said.

Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson is also sure of Tripathi's potential.

"He's a seriously special player and he comes out and takes that momentum away and that's his attitude every time he bats," Williamson said.

"We've seen that on a number of occasions throughout this competition. He's certainly destined for big things, I reckon."

Tripathi himself is not in a hurry to realise his India dreams.

"When you play cricket, it's obviously your dream to represent the country," the right-hander said.

"If I keep doing well and they believe that I can win matches for my country, then definitely I will get the opportunity."

"I've enjoyed batting at three. It's important that if the openers have given a good start, then continuing that. Or whatever the situation demands I'm trying to learn from that. Bumrah's a great bowler. Was just looking to react to whatever he's bowling. Depends on how the wicket is playing, how I can counterattack at that point. If it's there and I can take it on, I will definitely go for the shot. If it's not there then I'll just look to take those singles-doubles," said Tripathi in a post-match presentation.

"To win games is more important, happy I could do that today. Sometimes when a bowler is bowling well, how to score those runs. In T20 there cannot be a moment where you can slow down. Every ball is an event, so I just think what could be the best result. When you play it's obviously your dream to represent your country," he added.

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