IPL 2021, RCB vs RR: Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal was elated after hitting his maiden IPL century but conceded that he won’t mind missing out on hundreds as long he is able to contribute to his team’s win.
Devdutt Padikkal set up RCB’s 4th successive win with a stellar 100. (Courtesy by BCCI)
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Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal was delighted after setting up his team’s fourth successive win with a stellar hundred against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
Padikkal shrugged off his indifferent form and Covid-19 setback to caress the balls to all parts of the ground during a mind-blowing maiden IPL century — an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls.
Padikkal, who returned to action after recovering from COVID-19, had got off to an ordinary start with scores of 25 and 11 in his last two innings. RCB opener scored the fastest IPL century for an uncapped player, surpassing previous record holder Paul Valthaty (52 balls, KXIP v CSK in 2011) by one ball.
Padikkal termed his maiden IPL hundred as special while revealing that he was hurt after missing RCB’s season opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians due to contracting the Covid virus.
“To be honest, it’s been special, all I could do was wait my turn. When I had Covid all I wanted was to come here and play, and when I missed the first one it really hurt me. The wicket was coming on really well, and when we get into a partnership like that it gets easier,” Devdutt Padikkal said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Padikkal further revealed that he had asked Virat Kohli to finish the game and said that he wouldn’t mind missing out on hundreds as long as he was able to contribute in RCB’s wins:
“No real tension when the hundred came, I told Virat to go for it. At the end of the day even if I didn’t get a hundred it wouldn’t have mattered to me if the team won. The conversation was very clear, we both realized when we were going well. There were times when he was going better, times when I was going better. We just wanted to rotate the strike,” Padikkal added.
RCB never looked in any tearing hurry and yet the target was achieved in only 16.3 overs with all 10 wickets intact. The RCB juggernaut continues to roll with their fourth victory on the trot and a strong foundation in the points table going into the third week of the tournament.