Devdutt Padikkal believes that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) can finally lift their maiden IPL title this year as the left-hander, who made his India debut in Sri Lanka recently, reckons the team will carry forward the momentum they had in the first half of the season before it was suspended.
Virat Kohli-led side are third on the points table winning 5 out of 7 matches in the India leg earlier. RCB have also roped in four replacements – Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton and Tim David for the unavailable players for the UAE leg.
“I would hope so. Every year, everyone comes with the same hope to win the IPL. Hopefully, this is our year. We have a good squad and got some good replacements coming in as well. So, we look ready for the challenge and continue with the momentum that we have,” Devdutt Padikkal said in a video posted by the franchise on their Twitter account.
I never expected myself to score a hundred at that point: Devdutt Padikkal
The 21-year-old hit a brilliant 51-ball century in the first half against the Rajasthan Royals; it was the fastest hundred by an uncapped player in the league.
Devdutt Padikkal said he wasn’t really expecting to reach the three-figure mark, but gained kept gaining further confidence as his innings progressed.
“I never expected myself to do that at that point. Although I did believe that I can get those runs and get those fifties, sixties, I hadn’t pictured myself into getting that hundred. To do that in that game and just that everything fell in place. Once I got going, I just knew this was the day that I had to make it big and that’s very important to do that. Like, those days don’t come around often. Once you have that moment, just grasp it and I felt that I did well that day,” the southpaw concluded.
RCB will take on Kolkata Knight Riders on September 20 in Abu Dhabi for their first game back in the competition.