Devdutt Padikkal, a left-hander who made his debut in India in Sri Lanka, believes the Royal Challengers Bangalore will be able to lift their maiden IPL championship this year.

Virat Kohli’s side is third in the points table, having won 5 of 7 matches during the India leg earlier. RCB has also brought in four replacements – Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameli, George Garton, Tim David, and Dushmantha Kameera for the UAE leg.

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“I would hope so. Every year, everyone comes with the same hope to win the IPL. Hopefully, this is our year. We have a good squad and got some good replacements coming in as well. So, we look ready for the challenge and continue with the momentum that we have,” Devdutt Padikkal said in a video posted by the franchise on their Twitter account.

I didn’t expect to be able to score 100 at that point. Devdutt Pdikkal

The 21-year old scored a remarkable 51-ball century against the Rajasthan Royals in the first period. It was the fastest 100 by an uncapped player in league.

Devdutt Padikkal stated that he didn’t expect to make it to the three-figure mark but continued to gain confidence as his gains increased.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I never expected myself to do that at that point. Although I did believe that I can get those runs and get those fifties, sixties, I hadn’t pictured myself into getting that hundred. To do that in that game and just that everything fell in place. Once I got going, I just knew this was the day that I had to make it big and that’s very important to do that. Like, those days don’t come around often. Once you have that moment, just grasp it and I felt that I did well that day,” the southpaw concluded.

For their first game in the competition, RCB will face Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on September 20.