Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batter Rajat Patidar was the talk of the town on Wednesday after his scintillating century against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2022 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
He had already played a couple of impactful knocks after coming into the side as a replacement but the 28-year-old had failed to convert his starts into anything significant.
Nevertheless, he was of paramount importance in RCB’s campaign after they were in a precarious position having lost 3 games in a row. They had to win the final game against the Gujarat Titans (GT), the table toppers, to stay alive in the league.
Courtesy of Virat Kohli‘s 73-run knock and a late blitz from Glenn Maxwell, RCB managed to secure the win and move on to 16 points. After the win, the team celebrated while Patidar had a hilariously awkward moment where he tried to high-five but was left hanging.
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“I think I have the ability to make up for the dots” – Rajat Patidar
On Wednesday, Rajat Patidar started off slowly after he came into bat in the very first over. The powerplay overs were being played out without any aggression but he turned it around in the 6th over bowled by Krunal Pandya. He scored 3 boundaries and a six to help RCB gain some momentum in the first innings.
“When I time the ball, my focus was on it. The last over of the powerplay when Krunal was bowling to me, my execution went fine then and I got confident afterward. The wicket was pretty good and I played some good shots.”
“I never feel any pressure as I think I have the ability to make up for the dots. I was busy after the 2021 IPL playing for my club. I wasn’t picked after the 2021 IPL but that wasn’t in my control,” Patidar said after the match.
Patidar’s hundred is the joint-fastest in the IPL playoffs and the 5th highest-ever individual score (112*) in the knockout stages.