Meet Rahul Tripathi, the man who hit a six in final over to take KKR in IPL 2021 final

Rahul Tripathi is known for hitting six sixes off an over on two occasions in local cricket and he needed to hit just one to take Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) into their third IPL final. Tripathi comes from a cricketing background a shis father had played for Uttar Pradesh at the junior and university level.

Tripathi was a maths genius apart from being a fan of the game but had to shift his base to Pune, the perks of being an army man, or not so much as senior Tripathi was transferred but he ensured that junior got into formal cricket training.

Tripathi was enrolled in Deccan Gymkhana and his cricketing journey started. Tripathi didn’t have a great start in his first-class career and but an opportunity cam in form of Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 IPL player auction desire his low returns in Ranji Trophy for Maharashtra scoring just 185 runs in 11 innings.

But before the 2017 IPL season began, Tripathi justified getting picked in the auction by scoring 157 runs in three innings in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. When IPL came, he played one game in the middle-order, was promoted at the top of the order by RPS management and it worked like magic for both the team and himself.

Tripathi ended the tournament for 2017 finalists with 391 runs in 14 games with the best of 93 off 52 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders at a strike rate of 146.

He had a couple of seasons with Rajasthan Royals here and there as he wasn’t getting regular opportunities and was moved up and down the order. In the 2020 auction, he was picked up by the Knight Riders, didn’t play the first few games but made his mark at No 7 in one of the games.

Tripathi is a hard worker, if you tell him to bat at 7, he will do, bat at 4, he will, open the batting, he will and has found his straps again this season batting at No 3. His strike rate is in 140s again, has scored 395 runs and has won a couple of games. He got his side over the line keeping his calm when his side had lost six wickets for seven runs and hit a six off Ravichandran Ashwin to seal the deal.

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