Why Rahul Tripathi has no other way but to make it count in Zimbabwe
Good things come to those who wait. But at times the wait can be a pain. It can be maddening. And yet, this waiting time does find its nemesis: a healing balm, which simply wipes it away.
The same is true for one of the most enterprising batsmen around in the firmament of Indian cricket.
Not KL Rahul. He’s already made it. Not Gill or Pant either; both are internationals already.
Rahul Tripathi is his name and playing the waiting game has been his game for little fault of his own.
Of course he’s not aspiring to be some standup comic as to have waited out there for his chance to come deliberately. It’s just that his time wasn’t coming; there’s little he could’ve done.
That’s despite after scoring 391 IPL runs in the 2017 season (strike rate 147), and lest one forgot, 463 runs in the 2021 IPL season (strike rate of 141).
But all of that’s changed. The batter, who batted, time and again for the Sunrisers Hyderbad, without holding himself back - for that’s how he plays - has made it. Well, finally.
As India tour Zimbabwe for their next international assignment, the Bumrah, Rohit, Kohli-less contingent will have one interesting name in the mix: Rahul Tripathi.