A classy inning! That is the most appropriate phrase that can be used for Devdutt Padikkal’s innings. Coming into this match, Padikkal had not played the best of cricket this season. He had scored just 36 runs in the first two matches. That is not what you would expect from someone who was in great form in the previous season and also the domestic circuit.
Devdutt Padikkal vs Rajasthan Royals
This was the 4th match for RCB and the 3rd for Devdutt Padikkal. They were given a target of 178 runs, which is not the biggest of targets at Wankhede. Padikkal opened the innings along with captain Virat Kohli, and just a few balls and Paddikal was in the game. He was driving the ball, slicing it, slogging it, lofting it, and if he got the opportunity, innovating some shots as well. Maybe it is the influence of AB de Villers and Glenn Maxwell that he was playing those innovative shots.
He remained 101 not out in 52 balls, scoring 80 of those runs in boundaries. He hit 11 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. RCB won that match by 10 wickets and 21 balls to spare.
Devdutt Paddikal in IPL 2020 and Vijay Hazare Trophy
Devdutt Paddikal was picked for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2020 season, in which he opened the innings. He captured everyone’s attention with his game and scored 473 runs for the team, this was the highest score for RCB that season.
He was at his best playing for Karnataka. In the seven matches that he played, he scored 737 runs. He had 4 centuries and 3 half-centuries in the tournament.
He has regained his form from his previous tournaments and would want to continue this for the rest of the season.