By Arré Bench Oct. 01, 2020
The word of this IPL is the underdog. From Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia to Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan, from “Yorker King” Thangarasu Natarajan to Super (Navdeep) Saini, meet the showstoppers this season. Their stories are truly inspirational.
IPL 2020 has kept everyone hooked. There have been Super Overs, some fantastic hundreds, a lot of dropped catches, and some sexism. However, while previous IPLs have been defined by fireworks from powerhouses like Chris Gayle, Jasprit Bumrah, and Virat Kohli, one thing that has so far been the hallmark of this season is the rise of the underdog.
The Indian Premier League is a platform where young or relatively unknown Indian players get a chance to rub shoulders with international stars and make an impression. For many, it could be a ticket to the national side.
The tournament is not so much about Kohlis or Dhonis as much it is about the Tewatias and Kishans. And there can be no bigger proof of that theory than IPL 2020.
Why the IPL is in many ways even more engaging than international cricket. In World Cups, you'll see the Kohlis and Warners and Russells performing, but it's only in the IPL that a Tewatia or a Natarajan or a Bisla can come from nowhere & become a match winner
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— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) September 30, 2020
Rahul Tewatia, Naam Toh Suna Hoga
Take the case of Rahul Tewatia, who has garnered a huge fan following overnight, post his heroics against the Kings XI Punjab. He was with Delhi Capitals last year and there’s a video doing the rounds where he asks Ricky Ponting to “acknowledge his four catches” during a game. Ponting does it in a mocking tone. Teammate Axar Patel taunts him, “Who asks for recognition like that bro?” Tewatia replies, “Bhai, apne haqq ke liye ladna padta hai.”