There have been a lot of questions around Devdutt Padikkal’s strike rate in IPL and domestic T20 cricket but on Thursday night, the stylish Karnataka southpaw proceeded to answer with his bat as he racked up a whirlwind unbeaten 101 off 52 balls against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai.
The start of the season wasn’t ideal for young Padikkal. He tested positive for Covid in the lead-up to the season, forcing him to miss the season opener against Mumbai Indians.
He returned for the second game against SunRisers Hyderabad but during the course of the next two outings, he struggled for timing on a sluggish Chepauk track.
But, come Thursday night on a placid Wankhede track, Devudtt Padikkal displayed just why he is so highly rated in Indian cricket circles.
It was an innings laced with sumptuous and authoritative strokeplay by Devdutt.
He cut, he pulled, he dabbed, he flicked, he cover-drove, he lofted the ball on the up against pacers, he slog-swept the spinners and if all of this wasn’t enough, he nonchalantly walked out of his crease and deposited the spinners over their head.
And, it was only fitting that he brought up his maiden IPL ton with a blistering cover-drive off Mustafizur Rahman to become the third-youngest to score a hundred in the cash-rich league’s history.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Devdutt Padikkal’s magical 100:
Padikkal is PROPER
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 22, 2021
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) April 22, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal has played a supremely masterful innings. The sheer power and dominance of his stroke-play was something to behold. And, he enjoys batting with his captain Virat Kohli. Well played @RCBTweets
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) April 22, 2021
Very very happy for @devdpd07. There is genuine class here
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 22, 2021
Amazing knock from Padikkal! Such class and composure 🙌🏽
— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) April 22, 2021
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 22, 2021
Youngest centurions in IPL:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 22, 2021
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) April 22, 2021
Brilliant 💯 by @devdpd07 it was an inning which was pleasing to the eye.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 22, 2021
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 22, 2021
— Prasidh Krishna (@prasidh43) April 22, 2021
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 22, 2021
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2021
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) April 22, 2021