Missing The First Match Really Hurt Me: Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal scored an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls vs Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night.

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Devdutt Padikkal scored an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls vs Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who scored an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls to lead RCB to a 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, expressed relief on getting back to scoring big runs after recovering from Covid-19.

Padikkal, who became only the third uncapped Indian batsman to get a century in IPL, arrived late to the RCB camp since he was recovering from the infection. He had to miss the first match to fully recover. He couldn't get going in the next two games but scored a roaring century on Thursday night.

“To be honest it’s been special, all I could do was wait for my turn. When I had Covid, all I wanted was to come here and play, and when I missed the first one it really hurt me,” said Padikkal after being presented with the man of the match award.

"At the end of the day even if I didn't get a hundred it wouldn't have mattered to me if the team won. The conversation was very clear, we both (Kohli and him) realised when we were going good. We just wanted to rotate the strike," said Padikkal as he added 181 for the first wicket which is the most for the opening wicket for RCB.

Virat Kohli Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore shake hands with players during match 16 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals.
Virat Kohli Captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore shake hands with players during match 16 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals.
(Photo: BCCI)

Teammate Glenn Maxwell, who had been performing up until now for RCB with AB de Villiers, was thrilled with the performance put up by Kohli and Padikkal.

"That was my favourite game to watch so far. Clinical from start to finish. I've certainly been looking to go out there, but the way those two went, they were on top the whole way through," said Maxwell.

"I've not done any work with Devdutt. He's got a beautiful flow of the bat. Obviously he had Covid at the start of the year, felt a bit flat, but he cashed in," said the Aussie batsman.

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