Indian cricketer Devdutt Padikkal has continued his fine form in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021. The southpaw has registered his fourth consecutive century in the tournament. He achieved the feat in the ongoing game between Kerala and Karnataka.
Batting first, Karnata has put on a mammoth score of 338 runs in 50 overs, courtesy a couple of sensational knocks from Devdutt Padikkal and Samarth R. The duo opened the innings for the side and shared a 249-run opening stand which lasted 43 overs. Devdutt Padikkal played a brilliant 101-run knock off 119 balls before getting bowled by NP Basil in the 43rd over. On the other hand, skipper Samarth R has produced a sensational 192-run knock in just 158 balls, including 22 fours and 3 sixes.
Devdutt Padikkall now has 4 hundred-plus scores to his name in the tournament. He came into the game with three consecutive hundreds. He scored centuries against Odisha (152), Kerala (126) and Railways (145*). The RCB batsman has now 673 runs to his name in the tournament.
Besides Padikkal, only two batsmen have managed to achieve the feat. Former skipper, Kumar Sangakkara scored four consecutive centuries in the 2015 World Cup. South Africa cricketer, Alviro Peterson also scored four consecutive centuries in the 2015-16 Momentum One Day Cup.
Devdutt Padikkal impressed in his debut season for RCB in IPL. In 15 games, he amassed 473 runs at an average of 31.53 and a strike rate of 124.80. He would be looking to replicate similar performances for the franchise ahead of the IPL 2021.