Rajat Patidar broke a number of records and reached some illustrious milestones as his unbeaten 112 inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore to 14-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022 Eliminator. It was the first time in the history of IPL that an uncapped player had scored a century in the playoffs or knockouts.
Who is Rajat Patidar? Know all about RCB’s century-maker in the IPL 2022 Eliminator against LSG.
Just know who is Rajat Patidar? For beginners, he is a 28-year-old middle-order batsman from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
Patidar is in circuit from 2015 and was part of RCB set up in IPL 2020 and 2021 too but did not get much chance to showcase his skill. However, it required a bit of fortune for Patidar to return to the RCB set up. After finding no-takers in the auction ahead of IPL 2022, it needed an injury to Luvnith Sisodia for Patidar to get place in the RCB squad and in turn in the IPL.
Patidar is generally known as a long format player and he has already scored more than 2500 runs in first-class cricket from 39 matches and played 43 List A matches and 37 T20s. Patidar recently went past 1000 runs in the T20s and carries an average of 31.03 and an impressive strike-rate of 137.81.
All those experience came in handy for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the most important match for them yet in the IPL 2022, the Eliminator as a defeat can snap their run in the IPL 15.
Bangalore: Rajat Patidar made massive impact for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022 Eliminator, singlehandedly guiding them to a challenging total against Lucknow Super Giants.
Courtesy of his stunning performance at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Patidar registered his name in the history books of the T20 league for multiple reasons. Here are a few of them:
- First uncapped player to register a century in the playoffs of IPL. The previous highest for an uncapped player was 94 off 50 from Manish Pandey in IPL 2014.
- Joint-fastest century in the IPL playoffs or knockouts (in 49 balls). Patidar matched Wriddhiman Saha‘s record from the IPL 2014 final where he had scored 115 from 55 (century coming in from 49 balls) for Kings XI Punjab.
- Highest score for an RCB player in the playoffs was Chris Gayle’s 89 off 47. With his 112, Patidar has gone past the Universe Boss.
- Third-highest score for an uncapped Indian player in the history of IPL. Manish Pandey and Paul Valthaty are the only ones ahead of him. In terms of uncapped overseas players, Shaun Marsh joins the list at No. 3 with his 115 in IPL 2008.
- Only the 5th instance for a player to score a century in playoffs/knockouts in the T20 league’s history. Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Shane Watson and Murali Vijay are the only ones to have done so before.
- Most runs scored in the death overs this season, courtesy of Rajat Patidar-Dinesh Karthik’s 88-run partnership against LSG.
- Highest strike-rate for any batter in the IPL against spinners in a single match this season. The RCB batter scored 58 runs off 22 balls at an SR of 263.63. Overall, Patidar slots in at No. 4 spot.