Rajat Patidar’s unbeaten knock of 112 off just 54 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator. RCB will now meet Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2.
Rajat Patidar in action during the IPL 2022 Eliminator. (Courtesy: PTI)
- Rajat Patidar joined RCB as a replacement player in April
- Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants in Eliminator
- RCB and Rajasthan Royals will clash in Qualifier 2 on May 27
Rajat Patidar went unsold in the Indian Premier League 2022 mega-auction. He joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement player for the injured Luvnith Sisodia in the first week of April. Since then, there has been no looking back for the top-order batter.
It was his heroics that setup the Eliminator victory for the Bangalore-based franchise. Patidar smashed an unbeaten 112 off just 54 balls to help RCB post an imposing 207/4. In reply, the Lucknow Super Giants fell short by 14 runs and were eliminated.
RCB pacer Harshal Patel revealed that when Patidar joined the squad he looked very determined and added that the batter is an introvert and quietly goes about his business.
“I mean, the way he played I don’t really need to say anything about that. We have been seeing this calibre of games in practice. Even last year when he was with us he was exceptionally good. He got a few opportunities but couldn’t do it justice, his talent and calibre,” Patel said in the press conference.
“We knew he was a special player and even when he came in this year as a replacement he was, he looked very determined. He’s kind of an introvert and he goes about his business quietly. But we knew the kind of contributions he can make for the team. Exceptionally proud of Rajat, all of us.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore are now in touching distance from the IPL final as they have progressed to Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahemdabad, where they will play against Rajasthan Royals on May 27.
New entrants Gujarat Titans pushed Rajasthan Royals down to Qualifier 2 after beating them in Qualifier 1 and storming into the final. The IPL summit clash will take place in Ahemdabad on May 29.