‘I haven’t seen many better knocks than Rajat Patidar’s 112*’, says Virat Kohli
By SMCS - May 26, 2022 2:18 pm
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Former captain Virat Kohli has said that he was impressed with Rajat Patidar’s hundred for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2022 Eliminator, stating that he hasn’t seen many better knocks than his in the history of the tournament as well.  While speaking to IPL, Kohli said that it’s important to understand his feat in their crucial match. Kohli also added that Patidar is the first uncapped player in the history of IPL to score a century in the knockout stages as well.

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar scored a century

“I told him as well after the game as well that I have seen many impact innings and many innings under pressure over so many years. I have not seen many better than how Rajat played today. Under pressure, big game, first uncapped player,” Virat Kohli said. “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.”

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“What he did was very very special, I don’t think that anyone should take that for granted. You should understand the excellence of the innings and appreciate as a cricketer to watch an innings like that,” Kohli further added.

Rajat Patidar
Virat Kohli interviewed Rajat Patidar

Moreover, Virat Kohli has said that the RCB camp was feeling nervous towards the end of the match when KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda were playing well. While Hooda fell for a 26-ball 45 to Wanindu Hasaranga, Rahul tried to play the finisher’s role as well. However, he fell for 79 from 58 balls in the penultimate over to Josh Hazlewood as well.

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“There were a few tense moments, I think Waniya (Wanindu) bowling through the middle overs was outstanding. Josh bowling the 2 overs was outstanding. Harshal was unbelievable. All in all we are very happy we got across the line. The best thing is that we have one day (break) and then we play again. We travel tomorrow, so absolutely can’t wait to get to Ahmedabad and take the field again. We are so excited, we have played good cricket. Hopefully, 2 more games and we all can celebrate,” Virat Kohli concluded.