Devdutt Padikkal of the Rajasthan Royals joined the 1000-run IPL club with a boundary against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday at the Brabourne Stadium. The left-handed opener smashed a Shivam Mavi delivery past mid-wicket for four, bringing up the four-digit mark in style.

Padikkal achieved the fastest hundred in the IPL by an uncapped player last season with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), scoring 101 off just 52 deliveries. Before the Rajasthan Royals bought him in the February auction, he finished with 411 runs at a 31.61 average. After a bidding battle between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, Royals got him for $7.75 crore.

Padikkal is the equal third-fastest Indian in the lucrative T20 competition to achieve the 1000-run mark. To tie Rishabh Pant’s record, he reached the milestone in in 35 innings. The top two players on the list are Sachin Tendulkar (31 innings) and Suresh Raina (34 innings).

In Rajasthan colours, the top-order Karnataka batter is yet to click. He scored 41 in his team’s first game against Sunrisers, which is still his highest score in the tournament.

Padikkal was the ideal second fiddle as Jos Buttler stormed to his half-century off 29 balls against Kolkata. Rajasthan got off to a fast start with to the pair’s 60-run powerplay. Sunil Narine ultimately broke the partnership when he castled Padikkal (24) in the 10th over.

The Royals made three changes earlier in the game, bringing in fast bowlers Obed McCoy and Trent Boult, as well as Indian batsman Karun Nair.

“The pitch appears to be fantastic and quite hard. Another reason we want to chase is that one side appears to be short while the other appears to be lengthy. We simply practised a lot on the nets, watched films, and had discussions in meetings. It’s critical to put everything we’ve spoken about in meetings into action “said Sanju Samson.

Credit: Hindustan Times