Vijay Hazare Trophy: Virat Kohli's young soldier missed by a century, but fired all due to vigorous performance
India's young cricketers continue to perform well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Batsmen like Ishan Kishan, Tilak Verma, Rituraj Gaikwad have played some good innings and scored centuries. Another name has been added to this list of Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal. One of the fastest emerging batsmen in domestic cricket, Padikkal has once again shown his mettle in this tournament. Padikkal, part of the team RCB of Virat Kohli in the IPL, has also made his intentions clear before the new season of the league. On Monday, Padikkal played a brilliant innings in his second match of Vijay Hazare Trophy. Although he missed a century.
Padikkal, a 21-year-old Karnataka opener who was the highest scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last season, has continued his style in the new season as well. After scoring a half-century against Uttar Pradesh in their first match of the season, Paddikal has now played another great innings. This time, his target was the Bihar bowlers, against whom Padikkal easily scored runs.
97 runs scored
In their second match of Elite Group C in Bengaluru, on Monday, Karnataka team came out to bat first. Captain Ravikumar Samarth and Devdutt Padikkal made a great start to the team. Both these batsmen who came for the opening got fast runs. During this half-century of both were completed.
Padikkal kept batting more aggressively and got plenty of boundary. The two shared a 150-run partnership in 29 overs. However, Padikkal missed out after coming very close to a century. Bihar bowler Rahul Kumar achieved great success by dismissing Padikkal on the score of 97 runs. Padikkal scored 97 runs in 98 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
Debut in IPL 2020, highest run for RCB
Prior to this match, Padikkal scored 52 against Uttar Pradesh. At the same time, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, runs were scored with the bat of Padikkal. In such a situation, this is good news for Virat Kohli's team RCB before the start of IPL 2021 season. Padikkal made his IPL debut last season and scored more than 470 runs at the opening and was the most successful batsman of RCB, surpassing Kohli-AB de Villiers.