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Devdutt Padikkal Creates History By Recording 4 Consecutive Hundreds in Vijay Hazare Trophy

Devdutt Padikkal pasted his name in the record books by becoming the first Indian batsman to record four consecutive centuries in List A cricket. The left-hander, playing for Karnataka, scored a magnificent 101 off 119 deliveries in the 2nd Quarter-Final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Kerala at the Palam A ground in Delhi.

Devdutt Padikkal Creates History By Recording 4 Consecutive Hundreds in Vijay Hazare Trophy

Devdutt Padikkal pasted his name in the record books by becoming the first Indian batsman to record four consecutive centuries in List A cricket. Padikkal, opening the innings for Karnataka in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy – India’s premier 50 Over Domestic Tournament – scored a magnificent 101 off 119 deliveries in the 2nd Quarter-Final against Kerala at the Palam A ground in Delhi.

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Padikkal put together 249 for the opening wicket with Ravikumar Samarth (192 off 158 balls) helping Karnataka amass a massive 338 for the loss of three wickets in their allotted 50 overs in the national capital. In reply, Kerala were reeling at 232 for 8 after 40 overs when reports last came in.

Padikkal is the leading run-scorer of the tournament so far with an aggregate of 673 runs in 6 matches at a stunning average of 168.25 and strike rate of 95.59. His exploits include a total of 4 hundreds and two fifties which means that he has not failed in even one innings in the competition. Such brilliant consistency coupled with big scores at a high scoring rate is seldom witnessed in any form of cricket.

His three other hundreds in the series came against Odisha (152), Kerala (126 not out) and Railways (145 not out).

Only two other batsmen in the world have recorded four successive hundreds in List A cricket (which includes ODIs) before Padikkal. Kumar Sangakkara registered four hundreds on the trot in the 2015 World Cup while Alviro Petersen of South Africa had also recorded four consecutive tons in the 2015-16 Momentum One Day Cup.

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Padikkal had impressed in the 2020 IPL in the UAE where he outscored the great Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers both to aggregate the maximum runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season. He returned with 473 runs in 15 matches at an average of 31.53 and strike rate of 124.8 including five fifties in the tournament.

The 20 year old elegant left-hander from Kerala is one of the brightest prospects in the Indian domestic circuit and has a fantastic record in T20 cricket too. Padikkal has an aggregate of 1271 runs in 33 T20 matches at an average of 43.82 and strike rate of 145.92 including a hundred and 11 fifties.

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