Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar heaped praises for Royal Challengers Bangalore after their incredible performance against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 encounter. Gavaskar said that Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal made lives difficult for Rajasthan Royals bowlers. Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets on Thursday.
Chasing 178 for victory, RCB openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal showcased outstanding batting performances. Devdutt Padikkal smashed a century (101) while Virat Kohli smashed a half-century (72). Both the players smashed a 181-run partnership to grab the victory by 10 wickets.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals scored 177-9 with late support by Shivam Dube (46) and Rahul Tewatia (40). However, Rajasthan Royals bowlers totally failed against Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal’s fabulous batting.
Sunil Gavaskar hails Virat Kohli and Devdut Padikkal for their remarkable show
While speaking to Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar lauded Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal for their batting. He said both the RCB openers made lives difficult for Rajasthan Royals bowlers.
“I mean look at that, then right-hand left-hand combination. They just made lives difficult for Rajasthan Royals bowlers. To start with Padikkal was the one to take the initiative and allowed Virat Kohli just to settle down and after they were really looking to match each other’s stroke.
“It was delightful to watch as there was power, there was elegance, there was precise placement,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
71-year-old Gavaskar also said the RCB stands for Real Challengers of Bangalore this time.
“Some deliveries were not bad but these guys were smashing them for boundaries and sixes. It was unreal sublime performance. And you know what, this time around when you look at that RCB, it stands for ‘Real Challengers of Bangalore’. All these years they have been okay but this time around they are real challengers of Bangalore,” Sunil Gavaskar further said.
After their victory over Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore moved to the top of the points table in IPL 2021. The Virat Kohli and co. is the only side unbeaten in the tournament so far, with 4 victories in 4 matches.
RCB will next face Chennai Super Kings on Sunday (April 25). On the other hand, Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals have slipped to the bottom of the points table with 3 defeats in 4 games.