LSG vs RCB, IPL 2022: After starring in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 14-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 Eliminator, Rajat Patidar revealed his strength and said that he never feels any kind of pressure.
Rajat Patidar in action during the Eliminator match against Lucknow Super Giants. (Courtesy: PTI)
- Patidar said that his ability to make up for the dot balls is his real strength
- Rajat Patidar top-scored with 112 not out as RCB reached 207 for 4 off 20 overs
- It wasn’t in my control that I wasn’t picked at auction: Patidar after starring in RCB win
Royal Challengers Bangalore batter Rajat Patidar was ignored at this year’s auction only to be picked as an injury replacement, but the 28-year-old never cared about things that he couldn’t really control. Patidar came up with one of the greatest playoff innings in IPL history as the young batter smashed an unbeaten 112 off just 54 balls to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a mammoth 207/4.
While most of the star-studded RCB batters struggled for timing, the 28-year-old looked effortless with his slices, punches, counter-punches and drives to tower over the rest. Patidar hit 12 fours and seven sixes in his knock and what impressed everyone was how he played shots all around the wicket.
And to make Patidar’s story more interesting, he went unsold at the auction this season and joined the team as a replacement after start when a player called Luvnith Sisodia was injured. Had Sisodia been alright, RCB wouldn’t have required the services of Patidar, who made 65,000 at Eden Gardens stand on their feet.
”I was busy after the 2021 IPL playing for my club. I wasn’t picked after the 2021 IPL but that wasn’t in my control,” Patidar, who was named Man of the Match said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
On his innings, Patidar said that his ability to make up for the dot balls is his real strength.
”I never feel any pressure as I think I have the ability to make up for the dots,” he said.
The last over of the Powerplay where he launched into Krunal Pandya gave him confidence that this could be his day after all.
”When I time the ball, my focus was on it. The last over of the powerplay when Krunal was bowling to me, my execution went fine then and I got confident afterwards. The wicket was pretty good and I played some good shots.
RCB will meet Rajasthan Royals in the second Qualifier on Friday, which will decide Gujarat Titans’ opposition for Sunday’s final courtesy Patidar’s 54-ball-112 not out.