“It was special,” says Devdutt Padikkal of his first century IPL

Devdutt Padikkal, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), scored his first Century IPL against the Royals of Rajasthan in the 16e IPL 2021 game which was played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The 20-year-old achieved 101 * in just 52 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes to his name, as the Royal Challengers Bangalore chased a decent 178 points set by the Rajasthan Royals with quiet disdain. Padikkal’s 52-ball ton was the fastest by an uncapped player in Indian Premier League history.

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Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli for RCB (Photo- BCCI / IPL)

On the other hand, Virat Kohli returned to form with the willow tree with an astonishing display of restraint and aggression as he smoked 72 * in 47 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes to his name, while RCB has made 181/0 in just 16.3 overs and went to the top of the points table with 4 wins in 4 games played and 8 points to their name.

For me it’s not about hitting a hundred, I wouldn’t want to miss hundreds as long as I contribute to the team’s victories: Devdutt Padikkal

Padikkal, from Karnataka, had made his IPL debut in IPL 2020 and slammed 473 races with 5 half centuries and a best of 74 at an average of 31.53. It was the most runs of a batsman in his first year in the Indian Premier League. He went on to have a formidable Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy and then managed four consecutive centuries in the 50-year-old Vijay Hazare tournament for Karnataka.

Devdutt Padikkal broke his first century IPL.  (Photo: BCCI)
Devdutt Padikkal broke his first century IPL. (Photo: BCCI)

Unfortunately, he was found positive for COVID-19 before the start of IPL 2021 and he missed the first game for RCB. However, he came out hammering the bowlers and recorded an incredible century for the RCB team as they reached the top of the points table in the 2021 IPL.

“It was special. I could only wait my turn. When I was with COVID all I thought about was coming here and playing the first game here. I couldn’t do that but I wanted to help the team win. The ticket office worked very well and we got off to a good start. When you get into a partnership like this it helps because races come from both sides.

Devdutt Padiakkal, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals
Devdutt Padikkal smashed a whirlwind 100 [Image-IPLT20]

(If he was worried about the 100) Not really, that’s what I was telling Virat to go. For me it’s not about hitting a hundred, I wouldn’t mind missing out on hundreds as long as I contribute to the team wins. Throughout the heats there were times when he got better and then I got better. The rotation of strikes is important. We just clicked well, “ Padikkal said after winning the man of the match award.

RCB will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Mumbai on April 25 in a one-day match.

Also read: Twitter in awe of Devdutt Padikkal as southpaw crushes first ton IPL

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