Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Devdutt Padikkal scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) century to help chase down 178 with more than three overs to go against Rajasthan Royals (RR). Padikkal played a blinder of a knock, scoring 101 off 52 deliveries. This was once the fastest century in the IPL by an uncapped player. Padikkal and captain Virat Kohli, who remained unbeaten as RCB registered a 10-wicket victory, also registered the highest opening partnership in the history of the tournament.
The left-hander had a slow start to the tournament after lacking the first game having just retrieved from COVID-19 days before. But he rocketed back to form with his stunning display which saw him dominate the Rajasthan bowlers.
His outstanding knock set Twitter abuzz.
“Devdutt Padikkal has played a supremely masterful innings. The sheer power and dominance of his stroke-play was once something to behold. And, he enjoys batting with his captain Virat Kohli. Polite played,” wrote former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop.
“Implausible innings from young Padikkal. And this year @RCBTweets are in ominous form, which is great to see. Kohli and Padikkal made it look very easy,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
“That was once some hammering,” wrote former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad.
Devdutt Padikkal has played a supremely masterful innings. The sheer power and dominance of his stroke-play was once something to behold. And, he enjoys batting with his captain Virat Kohli. Polite played @RCBTweets
– Ian bishop (@irbishi) April 22, 2021
Implausible innings from young Padikkal. And this year @RCBTweets are in ominous form, which is great to see. Kohli and Padikkal made it look very easy. #RCBvRR pic.twitter.com/fIUC9lImjP
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 22, 2021
That was once some hammering.
RCB fans Watching Padikkal and Kohli today.#RCBvRR pic.twitter.com/0iktiyZ8Wh
– Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) April 22, 2021
There were several other reactions too, including from RCB’s opposition camps:
Congrats on your first Padikkal Dev #WhistlePodu @devdpd07
– Chennai Super Kings – Mask Pdu Whistle Pdu! (@ChennaiIPL) April 22, 2021
Padikkal, please stop.
– Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 22, 2021
The student and the master at work. Fabulous viewing. These Southpaws make it look easy – @devdpd07 @imVkohli @RCBTweets #RCBvsRR #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/2HsQKN7nXZ
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 22, 2021
Congrats @devdpd07 on a wonderful century and I m certain there is going to be much more at some point! Congrats to @imVkohli on crossing 6k runs in IPl! Demolishing act by @RCBTweets of the highest order! #RCBvRR pic.twitter.com/T7QxgjsyFA
– Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 22, 2021
Brilliant by @devdpd07 it was once an inning which was once pleasing to the eye.
– Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 22, 2021
Amazing knock from Padikkal! Such class and composure
– Shai Hope (@shaidhope) April 22, 2021
Polite played, Devdutt. Fourth Karnataka batsman to score a century in the IPL. Take a bow, young man. Wishing you a many more centuries at some point @devdpd07 #DoddaMathu #RCB #IPL2021
– | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) April 22, 2021
Hard loss tonight but watched a @imVkohli masterclass from the most efficient seat in da house and @devdpd07 was once insaneee too gg’s #RRvsRCB #IPL2021 pic.twitter.com/EYnhOYZHQo
– Riyan Parag (@ParagRiyan) April 22, 2021
Gettin to witnessed th best of @RCBTweets . what fun,,
4 of 4,, wata start. This must give the bst confidence eva.
Bet wshs @imVkohli,, selfless playing proving once again wat
a fab leader u r.@devdpd07 , hats off…. proved u r a champ once again. Come stronger.
– Kichcha Sudeepa (@KicchaSudeep) April 22, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal is batting at a completely different level. And I love the way Virat has just allowed him to take centre stage, taking singles and putting him back on strike. Feel for RR, fought back superbly while batting, but RCB & their faithful fans deserve a great year
– Delight Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 22, 2021
Maiden century in IPL for Gayle and Prince Padikkal on same day with Kohli on other end.
Coincidence and emotions at its best. @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/txJoFm2lgj
– Neal Caffrey (@AI_freak) April 22, 2021
This is just the start, Padikkal is going to rule the Cricket World in coming years
Trolled, Criticised, Humiliated : But he has came back. What an innings idolo pic.twitter.com/e6f8Ma86Ih
– (@Nitin__10) April 22, 2021
The win means RCB are the only team to stay unbeaten after four games played. They lead the table, with a two-point virtue over Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. They’re going to be up against second-placed CSK in their next game on Sunday.
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