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IPL 2022: Rajat Patidar Was The Biggest Surprise Package For Royal Challengers Bangalore – Aakash Chopra

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The cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has labelled Madhya Pradesh batter Rajat Patidar as the biggest surprise package for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

The 28-year-old Patidar, who joined RCB as a replacement for the injured Luvnith Sisodia for the price of INR 20 lakh, performed exceptionally well in the tournament.

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Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar (Image Credits: IPL)
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He smashed a terrific century against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator to become the first uncapped player to smash a century in the Indian Premier League playoffs. Also, he smashed a half-century in Qualifier 2 of the tournament. Overall, he scored 333 runs in 7 innings at an average of 55.50 and a strike rate of 152.75.

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Meanwhile, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said that Virat Kohli used to be in Patidar’s shadow when they used to bat together. He elaborated:

“Rajat Patidar was the biggest surprise package – 333 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 152. He was a surprise for everyone, probably even for himself.

“Whenever he has played, he has played with a strike rate of 152. He used to play with Kohli and Kohli used to be in his shadow and not once but many times.”

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Chopra also applauded Patidar for his performance in the Indian Premier League 2022 Eliminator.

He said: “The knock he played in the eliminator, that’s the knock of the season for me, no one can play a better knock than that because there was pressure, the team was struggling, all the main players were dismissed.”

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Dinesh Karthik. PHoto- IPL
Dinesh Karthik. PHoto- IPL

Chopra also named wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik as a big surprise package. He said that Karthik played a sensational role of finisher for the Faf du Plessis-led side.

He elaborated: “Dinesh Karthik was that surprise package. I personally felt that he has not been playing that regularly, doing broadcasting as well, plays a little for Tamil Nadu, he is not in the scheme of things for the main circuit.”

“But the sort of season he had, 330 runs at a strike rate of 183. Dinesh Karthik – thank you very much my friend for proving me wrong. What a finisher’s role he played, I think that was absolutely gun.”

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