Leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia’s spell against Kolkata Knight Riders bring up one intriguing question. Why didn’t Kings XI Punjab play him early on in the tournament? Yesterday, the youngster from Haryana hardly displayed any debutant nervousness. First, he showed his batting abilities by scoring 15 runs crucial runs at the death overs in just eight balls. And then, he came to bowl at a pivotal stage and picked two important wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa.

His spell was a game-changer for Kings XI Punjab and Man of the Match Mohit Sharma believes the same.

“The way our spinners bowled in the middle. This was the first match of the season for Rahul Tewatia and he hasn’t played too many other IPL games, overall either. His spell was the turning point,” Mohit said after the match.

It was the plan to bowl slow that worked wonders for Tewatia and Axar Patel.

“During the strategic time-out, we had a discussion about how the pitch was playing. So you [Axar] had told me that there was some turn on offer for slower deliveries,” Tewatia said to iplt20.com. “To Gambhir, first I bowled some sliders, and then I planned to bowl full-pitched googly. If he went to hit it then there was a chance to get a wicket. You had said that the game can change if we get one wicket,” he added.

Rahul’s match-winning efforts has made sure he will feature in the rest of the matches for Kings XI Punjab. But the Kings have a very thin chance to qualify for the playoffs hence they failed to full utilise the talent of a young spinner.

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