Vivo IPL 2021: Hitting boundaries in the middle overs was not easy, says Devdutt Padikkal

Vivo IPL 2021: Hitting boundaries in the middle overs was not easy, says Devdutt Padikkal.

Vivo IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) young star Devdutt Padikkal opens up about challenges faced during the middle overs in the last game however he reckons that the partnership with skipper Virat Kohli made it easy for him to score runs in those times.

Padikkal put all the slow talks about his form to rest as he registered his maiden IPL ton in the last game against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday. RCB won the game by 10 wickets with almost four overs to spare.

“It’s about the situation of the game, I always have a particular role that I have to play and I have to do that as well as possible,” Padikkal said at the post-match press conference.

“Sometimes it is not easy to hit boundaries during the middle overs.”

“The wicket we played on today was good. Ball was coming nicely and we were having a good partnership so it became fairly easy to hit those boundaries because we were rotating the strikes regularly.”

When asked about his thought process when he was getting closer to his maiden IPL ton, Padikkal said he was not really looking for that as the team’s victory is much more important.

“To be honest, I was looking to finish the game off at the earliest. That’s what mattered the most. When I was out there, I was not really thinking about getting my hundred.”

The 20-years old cricketer had a runs-packed season last year when he scored the most runs by a debutant Indian uncapped player in the IPL. He also won the “Emerging Player of the Season” award for his sheer brilliance on the field.

A good IPL season last year was complemented by an impressive home season for Karnataka. The young cricketer scored huge runs and continued to keep his eye on the ball.

“In the last two seasons, I’ve only looked to keep things simple and I have not tried to do anything different and special. I have tried to stick to my process, be as consistent as possible and thankfully I have been able to do that,” said Padikkal.

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