Devdutt Padikkal scripted history at Wankhede as he became the youngest IPL centurion at the stadium that saw Bangalore making easy work of a vertiginous total on the cards.
After an exceptional performance with the ball in their hands that saw heroics from Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, and Rahul Tewatia plugging a stopgap resistance to the downfall, Bangalore chronicled a remarkable 10-wicket victory to continue their unbeaten streak and cement themselves at the top of the table.
Right from the word go, Padikkal meant business and started attacking the bowlers, cramming them to every nook and cranny of the stadium with a few exotic strokes. The way he used his footwork, prancing down the pitch in order to hammer those nasty blows were reckoning enough for any bowler even the likes of Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman.
As the young southpaw, hailing all the way from Kerala, crafted his maiden ton in a remarkable victory at Wankhede, we will be looking at the three youngest centurions in the glittering history of the tournament.
Devdutt Padikkal – 20 years and 289 days
In today’s encounter, Padikkal carved a remarkable knock and became the youngest centurion at Wankhede as his ton saw Bangalore thrash a hapless Royals by 10 wickets. All it took for the youngster to script his ton was 52 deliveries and the rest they say was history. More importantly, he stayed unbeaten till the end and penned an incredible record for a man his age.
Rishabh Pant – 20 years and 218 days
The current captain of the Delhi Capitals was relentless against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 that saw him whacking an unbeaten 128 from just 63 balls. While batting at 21 for 2, when the young southpaw took the pitch, it was a straightaway bugle call for destruction. At just 20 years and 218 days, he broke the record of Sanju Samson like Devdutt Padikkal did in today’s heroics.
Manish Pandey – 19 years and 253 days
The youngest man to achieve this record was Manish Pandey who is now just a shadow of his former scintillating self. A dominating youngster in the shortest format of the game penned this record against Deccan Chargers. On May 21st, 2009, Pandey hammered a blistering 114 from just 63 balls that saw them notching up a total of 170 runs, scripting a historic win for the Royal Challengers.