Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Rajat Patidar got himself in the record books on Wednesday by becoming the first uncapped batsman to hit a ton in the IPL playoffs when he clattered 112 unbeaten runs in 54 balls against a strong Lucknow Super Giants bowling unit in the Eliminator game, at the iconic Eden Gardens.
Patidar’s stunning innings was laced with 12 fours and 7 pristinely timed sixes, helping RCB to a gigantic total of 207.
As Patidar made a record-setting century, a video got viral on social media wherein the 28-year-old was ignored by his teammates and RCB staff while being left with a hanging high-five following RCB’s previous win against Gujarat Titans.
A Twitter user named CA Ruchit Shah, and Twitter handle ‘RoohHitHai’, uploaded it, with the caption: “Look at the guy in the background it’s Rajat Patidar! It’s from RCB’s last game when no one Hi-fived him and this time he made sure everyone stands up and saluted him.”
In the video, as everyone in the RCB camp hugged and celebrated with each other, Rajat Patidar stood alone with his palm in the air out waiting for someone to complete his high-five. As nobody came in, he himself then started clapping.
Here’s the video:
Look at the guy in the background it’s Rajat Patidar!
It’s from RCB’s last game when no one Hi-fived him and this time he made sure everyone stands up and saluted him
Spotted by @maroonhearts1 #IPL2022 #RCBVSLSG pic.twitter.com/iU6QuvUiT2
— CA Ruchit Shah (@RoohHitHai) May 25, 2022
Yes, the entire Eden Gardens stood up on their feet to applaud this sensational innings; in the RCB dugout, too, this time, everyone wanted to get a piece of Patidar as he got hugs and pats on his back.
Patidar came in early in the innings after Faf du Plessis‘ golden duck and had to bat along with Virat Kohli who had decided to play the anchor role, trickling along at almost run-a-ball.
Two dropped catches notwithstanding, Patidar was the star for most of RCB’s innings until Dinesh Karthik (37 off 23 balls) whacked a few in the death overs. Patidar brought up his half-century off 28 balls; he reached his maiden IPL hundred – via a stunning pull six to Mohsin Khan – on his 49th ball and soaked in all the applause from every corner of the stadium.