Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Lucknow Super Giants in a thriller match at Eden Gardens. Rajat Patidar was the player of the match with his sensational knock of 112* off 54 deliveries. Virat Kohli applauded the youngster for his ferocious knock in the most pressure situations. In the post-match interview, Kohli said that after the match he told Rajat Patidar that throughout the years he has seen many impactful innings and many under pressure. But he hasn’t seen many better than how Rajat Patidar played. That too in a big match, under pressure, and being the first uncapped player to do so.
Further, Kohli stated, “The magnitude of the game was so big that I was feeling the tension in the air because I have been in those situations where you have to cross the line as a team”. He also added, “what he did was very very special. I don’t think that anyone should take that for granted”. Adding to this, he expressed that everyone should understand the excellence of the innings and as a cricketer, one should appreciate an innings like that.
Rajat Patidar who went unsold in the IPL Mega-Auction came in as a replacement for Luvnith Sisodia. The youngster not only displayed exceptional class but also took his team one step close to the prestigious IPL trophy.