Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Rajat Patidar is reportedly said to postpone his own marriage plans in order to join the franchise camp in IPL 2022.
Patidar scored a scintillating unbeaten 112 against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Eliminator game at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
Rajat Patidar stars in RCB’S 14-run win over LSG in Eliminator
Patidar hammered 12 fours and seven sixes, striking at 207.41, in his maiden T20 hundred that propelled RCB to 207/4 and eventually won by 14 runs.
On a day when big names like Faf du Plessis (0), Virat Kohli (25) and Glenn Maxwell (9) failed to contribute in the knockout game, Patidar continued the assault on LSG bowlers.
Patidar targeted LSG spin bowlers Krunal Pandya and Ravi Bishnoi during his crackling knock. He slammed three fours and a six off Krunal as RCB’s score read 52/1 in the powerplay overs.
But the real fun began when Patidar hit Bishnoi for 26 (three sixes and two fours) off just five balls in the 16th over.
Patidar forged an unseparated 92-run stand with wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik as RCB added 84 runs in the last five overs to power to 207/4.
LSG fell 14 runs short of the chase as KL Rahul fumbled in the middle in 58-ball 79 and the asking rate went nearly 13 in the slog overs.
Patidar was awarded Player of the Match for his gritty and incredible innings, he became the first uncapped player to register a century in the history of IPL playoffs.
Rajat Patidar left his own marriage this month to play for RCB in IPL 2022 – Report
Patidar was unsold in the IPL 2022 auction but an injury to Luvnith Sisodia allowed the 28-year-old to join RCB as a replacement for this season.
According to a report in Hindi Daily ‘Prabhatkiran’, Manohar Patidar, father of Rajat, said his son’s marriage was fixed within this month.
But the moment Patidar received the call from RCB, the Madhya Pradesh player immediately left for Mumbai while postponing his wedding plans.
The report also suggested that the wedding could take place in the month of July.
Patidar played for RCB in IPL 2021, amassing 71 runs in four innings in the first phase in India and was subsequently benched for the remaining season.