Devdutt Padikkal is one for the future, deserved to have a hundred: Virat Kohli

Devdutt Padikkal is a “great talent” and “one for the future,” reckons RCB captain Virat Kohli, who is happy that the stylish southpaw has ended all discussions about his strike rate after his first IPL at one hundred against. Rajasthan Royals here Thursday.

Padikkal crushed 101 unbeaten on 52 balls in a first stand of 181 with his skipper as RCB won the match by 10 wickets.

“It was an exceptional round. He (Devdutt) also did very well for his first season last time around. We talked a bit about accelerating after 40-50, it was the best way to calm him down, ”Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.

“He’s a great talent, a great one to look to the future. I had the best seat in the house, ”Kohli couldn’t help but praise the 20-year-old Bangalore.

Kohli liked to play a passive role because the skipper wanted his young teammate to do a hundred.

“Tonight my role was different and I wanted to hang on. In the end I chose my spots, the pitch was good. We talked about it (the 100), he (Devdutt) said finish. He said (there might be) a lot more to come, I said to him ‘you tell me after you get the first one.’ “

Kohli now wants Padikkal to build on this blow.

“I want him to build from here and really help the team. He deserved to get the hundred today, flawless sleeves.
He also praised the bowling attack for limiting the Royals to 177 for nine on a placid bridge.

“We don’t have a lot of great names in bowlers, but we do have effective bowlers. Guys who can do it day in and day out. Four out of four times we’ve been the most outstanding team in the death overs. We actually restricted 30-35 races. Dev’s innings were exceptional, but for me bowling which was aggressive, upbeat was key.

Young Padikkal said all he wanted to do after recovering from COVID-19 was to wait his turn.

“To be honest it was 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 (game) it really hurt me, ”said Padikkal.

He said he hadn’t thought of the hundred as he was okay with skipper Kohli scoring the winning points before reaching his triple-digit mark.

“The ball was going really well, and when we get into a partnership like this it gets easier. No real tension when the hundred arrived, I told Virat to go. In the end, even if I didn’t have a hundred, it wouldn’t have mattered to me if the team won.

Royals skipper Sanju Samson believes the team must return to the drawing board after their third loss in four games.

“We have to do some homework and need an honest review from our hitter. That’s what this sport is, we keep failing and we keep arriving. It puts you down, but you have to keep fighting, ”Samson said.

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