Padikkal smashed an unbeaten 101 off 52 balls in an opening stand of 181 with his skipper as RCB won the game by 10 wickets.
“It was an outstanding innings. He (Devdutt) batted really well for his first season last time as well. There was a bit of a talk about accelerating after 40-50, this was the best way to put it to rest,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“He is a great talent, great one to look forward in the future. I had the best seat in the house,” Kohli couldn’t stop praising the 20-year-old Bangalorean enough.
“Tonight, my role was different and I wanted to hang in there. In the end I picked my spots, the pitch was good. We spoke about it (the 100), he (Devdutt) said finish it off. He said (there could be )many more to come, I told him ‘you tell me that after you get the first one.’”
“I want him to build from here and really help the team. He deserved to get the hundred today, flawless innings.”
“We don’t have many stand-out names in bowlers, but we have effective bowlers. Guys who can do it day in day out. Four out of four times we’ve been the stand-out team in the death overs. We actually restricted 30-35 runs. Dev’s innings was outstanding, but for me the bowling which was aggressive, optimistic was key.”