Devdutt Padikkal Feels RCB Can Improve After Losing Their First 2 Consecutive IPL 2021 Games In UAE To KKR And CSK
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu played knocks of 38 and 32 respectively as CSK chased down the target of 157 with six wickets in hand. With this win, MS Dhoni-led’s outfit went to the top of the table. Faf du Plessis also got among the runs as he scored 31. He is now 3rd among players with the most runs(351) in IPL 2021, while Ruturaj Gaikwad is 5th on the list with 322 runs.
“Yeah, definitely. There are always some things we can improve on. At that stage, we were looking to take the game deep, we felt that the wicket was getting a little tougher and we knew it would not be easy for someone new coming into bat. So, yeah that was what we were looking to do and trying to take our chances whenever we can,” said Padikkal during a virtual post-match press conference.
Last year in the IPL 2020, Devdutt Padikkal amassed 473 runs from 15 matches, becoming only the second player in the tournament’s history to score over 400 runs in a debut season. In IPL 2021, Devdutt Padikkal had taken his tally to 287 runs from 8 matches, including a century averaging 41 at a strike rate of around 145. He is 7th in the leading run-getters tally in IPL 2021.
Devdutt Padikkal Disappointed That RCB Did Not Set A Target Of 170-180 After Starting Well
Openers Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli scored 70 and 53 to build a solid foundation and help RCB post 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Both openers shared a stand of 111 runs for the first wicket, but Dwayne Bravo’s spell of 3-24 helped CSK restrict RCB under the 160-run mark.
“Obviously when you have a start like that you would like to get 170-180 at least. We really did not set a target like that, we were trying to play to the merit of the ball, unfortunately, it did not work out against CSK. But hopefully, we can make that right in the next game,” said Devdutt Padikkal.
RCB will next square off against Mumbai Indians in the IPL on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.