Devdutt Padikkal continues to make waves in domestic cricket
Karnataka's latest batting sensation Devdutt Padikkal continued his stellar performance with the willow as he brought up his third successive century against Railways in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. His 125-ball stay at the crease included 9 boundaries and as many sixes, helping Karnataka to qualify for the quarter-finals. The youngster constructed his innings to perfection. Initially, he employed a measured approach, taking 60 balls to bring up his fifty. After reaching the fifty mark, he launched an assault on the bowlers and raced to the three-figure mark in the next 33 deliveries.
A comprehensive 10-wicket-victory saw the defending champions finish on top of Elite Group C.
Devdutt Padikkal in #VijayHazareTrophy2021— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 28, 2021
52(84) vs UP
97(98) vs Bihar
152(140) vs Odisha
126(138)* vs Kerala
145(125)* vs Railways
His Bradmanesque numbers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy have left the cricketing fraternity in complete awe. In the 16 matches he has played so far, the southpaw has accumulated 1,181 runs at a mind-boggling average of 129.17. Since August 2019, he has compiled a total of 3,411 runs in just 67 matches across all competitive tournaments. The above-mentioned statistics elaborate his consistent run in the domestic cricketing circles.
A look at the records broken by Devdutt Padikkal during his unbeaten century against Railways
- He holds the record for the most number of consecutive centuries  by a Karnataka batsman in national one-dayers.
With 3rd century on the trot, @devdpd07 now holds record for most number of consecutive 100+ scores by Ktk batsman in national one dayers. Earlier 5 players held the record with 2 hundreds on the trot. @robbieuthappa (twice), @devdpd07 (twice), JAK, Bharat Chipli and B M Rowland.— Aarenn (@KarnatakaCrickt) February 28, 2021
- The Edappal-born cricketer also equaled the record of most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores  by a Karnataka player in Vijay Hazare Trophy. He now shares the record with two other Karnataka players - Manish Pandey and Mayank Agarwal.
With his 5th consecutive 50+ score today @devdpd07 equals the record of most number of consecutive 50+ scored by Karnataka batsman in national one dayers. This is the 2nd time he has done it. He shares the record with @im_manishpandey and @mayankcricket who have done it once each— Aarenn (@KarnatakaCrickt) February 28, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal, who was instrumental in leading Karnataka to a podium finish in the last edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, will once again be crucial to the team's prospects of defending the crown. The knockout matches are scheduled to commence from the 7th of March in Delhi. As per BCCI's official website, Arun Jaitley Stadium and Palam Ground will be hosting the matches.