Kolkata, May 25: When veterans like Virat Kohli and Faf Du Plessis failed in the IPL 2022 Eliminator, Rajat Patidar became a game changer for the RCB. Rajat Patidar completed his century in 49 balls. Patidar remained unbeaten on 112 off 54 balls. His innings included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Patidar was also well supported by Dinesh Karthik. Karthik hit 37 off 23 balls with the help of 1 six and 5 fours. Patidar and Karthik shared an unbeaten 91 off 41 balls, giving Lucknow a 208-run victory.
Patidar’s recordPatidar set a number of records as he scored a century in the IPL play-offs. Patidar became the fourth uncapped player to score a century in the IPL, after Paul Valthati, Manish Pandey and Devdutt Padikkal. It is also the third highest score by an uncapped player in the IPL. Patidar is also the sixth player to score a century in the IPL play-offs. Earlier, Sehwag, Watson, Riddhiman Saha and Murali Vijay had also scored centuries in the play-offs. RCB hit 27 off Ravi Bishnoi’s bowling in the 16th over, 26 of which were scored by Patidar. Patidar hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in this over.
Who is Rajat Patidar?Rajat Patidar was unsold in the IPL auction, but Lavanith Sisodia, who was bought by RCB in the auction, was injured, after which RCB Director of Cricket Mike Hesson called Patidar and asked him to pack his bags and join the RCB team. Patidar was scheduled to play club cricket in the Dhaka Premier League in Bangladesh or in the UK due to being unsold at auction, but a phone call from Mike Hesson changed his life. Patidar was bought by RCB at a base price of Rs 20 lakh. Rajat Patidar plays local cricket from Madhya Pradesh. He has scored 861 runs in 31 T20 matches with the help of 7 fifties. Now, Patidar has become a game changer for RCB by scoring a century directly in the IPL eliminator.
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