Comeback stories were also the most inspiring, especially in sports, and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) offers two such stories. One of them is Dinesh Karthik, who returned to the Indian team at the age of 36 after the impressive IPL 2022. And the other is about a 28-year-old batsman who did not sell at a mega auction before being selected by the RCB as a substitute and later led the team to The second phase of the IPL playoffs this season with a brilliant ton against the Lucknow Super Giants. (Observe full IPL 2022 coverage)
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh in an interview with Sportskeeda on Friday before the big game Qualifier 2 recalled his first impression of the new RCB star batsman Rajat Patidar. In six innings this season, where he was tied as a replacement for the injured Luvnith Sisodia, Patidar recorded 275 runs at 55 and a strike rate of 156.2 with a century and fifty.
Harbhajan recalled that last season, when he was on the Kolkata Knight Riders team, Venkatesh Iyer told him about Patidar as a “great” launcher who has the ability to win matches “once”. The Indian giant admitted that Iyer’s words came true in the LSG game, where Patidar’s record ton helped the RCB win by 14 races in Kolkata.
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“Venkatesh Iyer told me about this player last season when I was in KKR. He told me, ‘He’s a great player and he can win the match for his team.’ And this inning against Lucknow showed that the player has a lot of abilities. He also scored 50 earlier than when Kohli scored an odd 30. He’s the only player to move the team forward. I am so happy and impressed by all the young people who have been given the opportunity in this IPL and have done so well. And Patidar, whom I didn’t hear much about, and did exactly what Venkatesh described. “This is a great thing for Indian cricket and he has a good future ahead of him,” he said.
Patidar will be next Friday in action against the Rajasthan Royals in qualifying 2 IPL 2022 in Ahmedabad.
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