Rising Pune Supergiant star Rahul Tripathi says winning more important than century

first_imgRahul Tripathi has caught everybody’s attention n in the Indian Premier League this season thanks to his exploits with the bat for Rising Pune Supergiant. Tripathi may have missed out on a maiden IPL hundred on Wednesday but his 93 off 52 balls was as good an innings we have seen this year.Tripathi top-scored for Pune as they defeated two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in their own den at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Chasing 156 for victory, Tripathi slammed seven sixes and nine boundaries during his knock as RPS reached the target with four balls to spare and jumped to third in the points table with 14 points in 11 games. KKR are second with 14 points but are ahead of RPS thanks to a superior net run-rate.”I feel good, I’ve been getting good starts so wanted to carry on with that start I got tonight. It’s good that we won the match, that is more important.”Not coming out with a plan worked well for me, If I would have made some plans for the KKR attack in the powerplay that wouldn’t have worked.”They are a good bowling side so I just kept it simple, I just went with my gut feeling,” Rahul told his teammate Jaydev Unadkat in an interview conducted by the latter on iplt20.com.Tripathi, who was born in MS Dhoni’s hometown in Ranchi, plays for Maharashtra in the domestic circuit and has been the find of the season for the Pune franchise this year. The 26-year-old has been in tremendous form with the bat, scoring 352 runs in nine matches at an average of 39.11 with two half-centuries and last night’s 93 being his highest score so far.advertisementBeing a team man Rahul also said that he has no regrets of missing out on a ton as his team won the match.”I would have loved to finish the match. But that’s okay, as long as we win the match it’s fine.”Rahul also spoke about his experience of batting with the likes of Australian captain Steve Smith and former India captain MS Dhoni this season.”It’s helping me a lot. It’s a dream experience for me also opening with Ajinkya (Rahane). He says simple things like ‘you are batting well’ it gives me belief that somebody like Ajinkya Rahane is encouraging you. Even off the field people like Faf, Ben and also batting with MS (Dhoni), he’s a legend,” Rahul added.last_img

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