Talented youngster Kartik Tyagi has successfully defended four runs in the final over as Rajasthan Royals (RR) pulled off a nail-biting last-over win against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Tuesday. With only four runs needed and Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram were comfortably playing in the middle, everyone expected an easy win for them.
But Kartik Tyagi had some other plan as his yorkers sealed the deal in the final over. The young pacer revealed that he had the belief in himself to deliver in pressure situations.
While speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kartik Tyagi said: “I’ve always heard from everyone and also watched games in this format where strange things have happened. Today, I was fortunate to play a big role in something special. I was bowling a bit too short earlier, later worked on it consciously after getting a lot of feedback. I knew I have the death-overs skills.”
He started the 20th over with a dot ball before giving away a single which brought Nicholas Pooran on strike. He then nailed a near-yorker length to dismiss Pooran before giving another three yorkers to win the game for Rajasthan Royals as well. He returned with figures of 2/29 from his four overs and conceding only one run in the final over. However, Rajasthan Royals will play Delhi Capitals next on September 25 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The tall and talented fast bowler, who was disappointed after missing out a chance in the Indian team, shared that he is happy to contribute to his side’s victory as well. “I was injured during the India leg of the IPL and by the time I got fit, the tournament was suspended. Felt sad. So this feels really good. I have been talking to people over the years and they keep telling me that things keep changing in this format, so I need to keep believing,” Kartik Tyagi concluded.