Graeme Smith, the former captain of South Africa, has advised Indian cricketer Rahul Tewatia to concentrate on his performances and let them speak for themselves rather than taking to Twitter to express his disappointment at not being selected for the Indian team.
Tewatia was one of the reasons why Gujarat Titans (GT) won the IPL 2022, as he single-handedly won two matches for the team, including hitting two sixes off the last two balls against Punjab Kings (PBKS) when 12 runs were needed to win.
Instead Of Twitter, Focus & Perform: Graeme Smith
Last week, Rahul Tewatia made headlines for his cryptic tweet ‘expectations hurts,’ which came after India’s squad for the Ireland tour was announced. India has named a 17-man squad for the two-match T20I series, which begins on June 26.
Expectations hurts 😒😒
— Rahul Tewatia (@rahultewatia02) June 15, 2022
Tewatia’s name was absent from the list, but this came as no surprise to fans, as the player had also been absent from the recently concluded South Africa series. Meanwhile, Graeme Smith, a former South African captain, has advised the player to concentrate on his game rather than on Twitter.
“It’s very difficult in India as you guys have so much talent. And coach Rahul Dravid, and captain Rohit Sharma must have had picked their majority of guys anticipating the conditions in Australia. I would say instead of Twitter, focus, perform and next time your time comes make sure no one can leave you out,” Graeme Smith said.
Last year, the 29-year-old batter was selected for England’s T20Is at home, but he was unable to make his debut due to injury. In the Indian Premier League 2022 season, he was a big-money buy for Gujarat Titans and performed admirably, scoring 217 runs at a strike rate of 147.61 in 16 matches.
Tewatia, on the other hand, bowled just six overs in the IPL season and did not take a wicket. Sunil Gavaskar, a former Indian batsman, believes he should have been given a chance for the upcoming Ireland tour to recognize his efforts.