Devdutt Padikkal embracing the applause from teammates after his maiden IPL hundred. (PC: IPL)

IPL 2021: "Coming out of Covid was a big challenge" - Devdutt Padikkal after his maiden IPL hundred

Rudransh Khurana
ANALYST
Modified 23 Apr 2021

After racking up his maiden IPL hundred, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Devdutt Padikkal that admitted beating the coronavirus was a 'big challenge'.

Devdutt Padikkal missed out on RCB's first game of the season as he contracted the virulent disease before the tournament began. The southpaw had to undergo a quarantine and multiple tests before rejoining the squad.

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Since his comeback, Devdutt Padikkal has scored 137 runs at an average of 68.50, including the 52-ball ton against the Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. This knock helped RCB to a flawless 10-wicket win.

Speaking after the game, the southpaw expressed his delight in contributing to the team's success in the tournament.

"Coming out of Covid was definitely a big challenge and I was really glad that I could contribute to the team from the second game. So as long as I am contributing and the team is winning, that's all that matters to me," said Devdutt Padikkal in a virtual press conference.

Devdutt Padikkal's record-breaking ton included 11 boundaries and 6 maximums. His unbeaten 181-run stand with skipper Virat Kohli is the highest opening partnership for the Bangalore franchise. Moreover, their chase of RR's total of 178 is the third-highest total chased in the tournament without losing a wicket.

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I am not trying to do anything different or special: Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli (L) shared a record-breaking opening partnership. (PC: Twitter)

Speaking on his innings, Devdutt Padikkal said he wasn't trying to do anything extraordinary but just sticking to his processes.

"To be honest, I have only looked to keep things simple throughout the last 2 seasons. I am not trying to do anything different or special. I have just tried to stick to my processes every game and tried to stay as consistent as possible. And, thankfully, I have been able to do that," said Devdutt Padikkal.
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Devdutt Padikkal and RCB will now play arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

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Published 23 Apr 2021, 00:41 IST
 
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