IPL 2021: Partnership with Virat Kohli made it easier to cross boundaries in difficult intermediaries, says Devdutt Padikkal | Cricket News

MUMBAI: It’s a challenge to cross the line in the middle of the overs, concedes Devdutt Padikkal, the young star of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he found the task relatively easy thanks to the partnership with the skipper Virat Kohli in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.
Padikkal landed his first IPL 100 on Thursday, ending all talk about his strike rate after a few unimpressive outings.
The 20-year-old crushed an unbeaten 101 on 52 balls in an opening stand of 181 with Kohli as RCB recorded an emphatic 10-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals.
“This is about the match situation, I still have a special role to play and I have to do it as well as possible,” Padikkal said in the post-match press conference.
“Sometimes it can get tough in the mid-overs and it’s not easy to cross the line all the time.
“It was a good wicket, we had the partnership and we complemented each other well. So in this situation it was easier to cross those lines because we are still going on strike,” he added.
When asked what he thought as he approached his first century, Padikkal said he didn’t think about his milestone because victory was more important.
“To be honest I was just looking to finish the game, that’s what mattered most. We wanted to get the win as soon as possible and when I was there I never really thought about my hundreds,” Padikkal said.
Padikkal had an exceptional IPL season last year, followed by an impressive national campaign with Karnataka. In the current edition of the T20 League, he has scored 137 points in three games with a strike rate of 147.31.
“For the past two seasons I’ve just kept it simple and haven’t tried anything different and special. I’ve tried to stick to my process, to be as consistent as possible. and luckily I was able to do that, ”Padikkal said.
The youngster, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the tournament began, missed the first game against defending champions Mumbai Indians.
However, Padikkal was back in the RCB playing XI from their second game.
“Getting out of COVID was definitely a big challenge and I was really happy to have been able to contribute to the team’s victory in the second game.
“As long as I contribute and the team wins, that’s what matters to me,” said Padikkal.
RCB will face former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday.

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