It’s a challenge to cross the line in the middle, concedes Devdutt Padikkal, the young star of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he found it relatively easy thanks to the partnership with skipper Virat Kohli in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.
Padikkal landed his first 100 IPL on Thursday, ending all talk about his strike rate after a few unimpressive outings.
The 20-year-old smashed an unbeaten 101 on 52 balls in a first 181 stand with Kohli as RCB recorded an unmistakable 10-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.
“This is about the situation of the game, I always have a special role to play and I have to do it as best I can,” Padikkal said in the post-match press conference.
“Sometimes it can get tough in the midships and it’s not easy to hit the limits all the time.
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“It was a good window, we had the partnership and we complemented each other well. So in this situation, it was easier to reach those limits because we are still running the strike, ”he added.
When asked what he had in mind as he drew closer to 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 the most. We wanted to get the win as soon as possible and when I was there I never really thought about my hundred, ”said Padikkal.
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 at a strike rate of 147.31.
“Over the past two seasons I’ve just tried to keep it simple and haven’t tried to do anything different and special. I tried to stick to my process, to be as consistent as possible and luckily I was able to do that, ”said Padikkal.
The youngster, who had tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the tournament, had missed the first game against the defending champions Mumbai Indians.
However, Padikkal was back in 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 Game 2.
“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.