Bangalore, Apr 18: Saurabh Tiwary is a relieved man now. Royal Challengers Bangalore's fans were losing patience with this youngster and his match-clinching six off the last ball on Tuesday night has made him an overnight hero among RCB supporters.
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With three required off the last ball bowled by Ashish Nehra, Tiwary slammed a six into the long-on boundary to give RCB a six-wicket victory over Pune Warriors at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
There are only a few cricketers, who have achieved this feat of scoring a six off the final ball of the match. Recently, Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians had done the same against Deccan Chargers. But such sixes are always special and remembered for a long time.
The 22-year-old boy from Jharkhand will have to thank RCB owners and Sidhartha Mallya in particular for keeping him in the playing XI in spite of not scoring big runs.
The Mallya Junior defended Tiwary on Twitter after RCB fans took to the micro-blogging site to vent their ire at the non-performing Tiwary.
“guys, go easy on the Tiwari bashing. He knows he needs to improve," tweeted Sidhartha (@sidharthamallya) after RCB's loss to Rajasthan Royals on April 15 in Bangalore.
Tiwary, who was bought for $1.6 million by RCB, is a talented guy. But that talent has not been converted into runs. Hopefully this innings of 36 not out off 23 balls (1x4, 2x6) is the beginning of more good knocks from him.
“How good does that feel?? Awesome chase boys... @ABdeVilliers17 @henrygayle and saurabh were superb!! RCB!!!!!," Sidhartha tweeted after the win on Tuesday.
"April 17 will go down in history as the day on which two of the most thrilling T20 run chases were achieved. Congrats RR and RCB !," tweeted Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya). "RCB starts rising with a phenomenal win over the Pune Warriors. We can and we will. Upward and onward from here," he added.
Sidhartha is actively involved with RCB. His interaction and backing of his players will go a long way in helping the team go on to the title this time, which has eluded them twice after making the finals.
Tiwary's innings might have been inspired by Sidhartha's strong support for him. It is a good sign to the see owners having faith in youngsters. Well done RCB.