IPL 2021: Devdutt Padikkal scored 101 off 52 deliveries in opposition to Rajasthan Royals.© BCCI/IPL
After scoring his maiden IPL century, Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Devdutt Padikkal stated he was eager to contribute to the crew’s win after he missed the primary sport of the continuing Indian Premier League (IPL) season attributable to COVID-19. Padikkal had contracted the virus earlier than the beginning of the IPL season however he made a comeback within the second sport in opposition to SunRisers Hyderabad. On Thursday night, the left-handed batsman scored an unbeaten 101 to assist RCB register a thumping 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals right here on the Wankhede Stadium.
“It has been particular. I may solely wait my flip. After I was down with COVID, all I used to be considering of how to come back right here and play the primary match right here. I could not try this however was eager to contribute to the crew’s win,” Padikkal stated on the post-match presentation.
“The ball was approaching very well and we obtained begin. While you get right into a partnership like that, it helps as runs come from each ends,” he added.
Chasing 178, Padikkal and skipper Kohli (72*) displayed a tremendous present with the bat as each the openers took RCB throughout the road in 16.3 overs. Padikkal scored his 101 runs in simply 52 balls with the assistance of 6 sixes and 11 fours whereas Kohli performed the second fiddle and smashed 3 sixes and seven fours in his 47-ball knock. The India captain additionally turned the primary batsman to finish 6,000 runs within the IPL.
Requested if he was nervous because the century got here nearer, Padikkal responded within the adverse.
“Not likely, that is what I used to be telling Virat to go for it. For me it isn’t about attending to 100, I would not thoughts lacking out on a whole bunch so long as I contribute to the crew’s wins,” the left-hander stated.
“All through the innings, there have been instances when he (Kohli) was going higher after which I used to be going higher. Rotation of strike is essential. We simply clicked nicely,” he added.
RCB are actually again on the high of the factors desk after profitable all 4 video games. They’ll subsequent tackle Chennai Tremendous Kings on Sunday.