IPL 2022 | Mahi bhai patted me on the back and cheered me on in IPL 2021 finals, reveals Rahul Tripathi

Rahul Tripathi has revealed that MS Dhoni cheered him on in the IPL 2021 Finals after he struggled to score and run between the wickets. He also recalled his IPL debut under Dhoni and said the captain advised him to play the way he does in the net.

The mega auction for IPL 2022 has recently been concluded and Sunrisers Hyderabad bought 23 players on their roster. During the auction, they also bought Rahul Tripathi for Rs 8.50 Crore beating Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders after an intense bidding war.

Tripathi played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last season and played a crucial role in their setup. He scored 397 points in 17 games for the franchise including two half centuries. He was one of the main reasons for KKR’s success in helping them reach the finals last season. Tripathi shared an incident from the finale revealing how Dhoni cheered him on.

“I had a hamstring injury and as a result I came lower down the order. I couldn’t score any runs, I was really struggling to run between the wickets. After I went off , Mahi bhai patted my back and said, “Koi nai, aj tumhara day nahi tha, But tune one hundred percent try kiya” (It wasn’t your day, but you gave your hundred percent). I felt very bad since we lost the final, but Mahi bhai also came after the game and talked to me for about a minute,” Tripathi told News18.

The right-handed drummer began his journey with Rise of the Pune Supergiants in 2017 under the direction of Dhoni. He then represented Rajasthani Royals then was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders. He recalled his early days in IPL and said Dhoni advised him to play the way he does in nets.

“I still remember when I was making my IPL debut, he (Dhoni) came and said, ‘jaise me nets khel rahe ho, bilkul waise hi khelo’ (play like you play in the nets). He treats every player like his younger brother. He guided me through the tournament in 2017. Sometimes he also scolded me. “Push hard… do this,” he said.

“Like when I played for Rajasthan Royals and KKR, I would consult him whenever I had time. ‘Kya kar rahe ho’ (What are you doing these days) he always asked me.”

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