Devdutt Padikkal became only the second player in the history of the tournament to score over 400 runs in his maiden season in IPL 2020, and this time around, he smashed his maiden IPL century against Rajasthan Royals.
Former chief selector of the BCCI, MSK Prasad has weighed down on what the squad announcement means for fringe players, including Devdutt Padikkal, who set the IPL ablaze last year and continued to do so this year as well.
Devdutt Padikkal Is Definitely The Guy For The Future, MSK Prasad Said Adding It Will Take Some Time For Him To Break Into The Longest Format
Contrary to the belief that the BCCI would pick a jumbo 30-member squad for India’s near four-month-long tour of England, the selectors rather stuck to the usual 20-member squad. While there were a few names expected to return – Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, and Hanuma Vihari – the squad packed a few surprises when Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav were dropped while Prithvi Shaw and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were ignored.
With the announcement, many budding cricketers’ dream of wanting to represent India was prolonged. It was assumed that the squad would feature several fringe players such as Rahul Chahar, Priyank Panchal, Kona Bharath, and Devdutt Padikkal, but the BCCI picked only went ahead with Abhimanyu Easwaran, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, and Arzan Nagwaswalla as the four stand-by players.
MSK Prasad feels that the left-handed batsman from Bengaluru is certainly a prospect for India, but it may take him a while to break into the longest format.
“It will take some time for Devdutt Padikkal to break into the longest format. He’s definitely the guy for the future, there are no two ways about it. But if you’re looking at longer formats, maybe he will take one more year of domestic cricket,” Prasad told SportsKeeda in an interview.
Since his comeback from Covid-19, Devdutt Padikkal has scored 195 runs at an average of 39, including the 52-ball ton against the Rajasthan Royals. He scored 473 runs in his debut IPL 2020 season.
MSK Prasad Has Hopes From Avesh Khan Who Picked 14 Scalps In IPL 2021
Similarly, MSK Prasad, who played six Tests and 17 ODIs for India, feels the future is bright for the likes of Prasidh Krishna and Bengal fast bowler Ishan Porel. The former wicketkeeper has high hopes from DC pacer Avesh Khan as well, who performed exceedingly well for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 cranking up some good speeds and picking up 14 wickets from eight matches including a couple of three-wicket-hauls.
Behind RCB pacer Harshal Patel, he was second on the list of leading wicket-takers for the season.
“You have India A bowlers, all these Prasidh Krishna and Ishan Porel have gone through India A cricket. Also, it’s pretty evident the way Avesh Khan bowled in the IPL, he was hitting 145-147 kph in the T20 format, so he will obviously be very helpful to practice within England. And eventually, these are the guys who are going to play for the country in the future,” Prasad pointed out.
India’s long tour of England will begin with the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18 to 22. After the Test Championship, the Indian team will play a few practice matches in England before the 4-match Test series will begin against the hosts.
India’s Predicted XI For WTC Final: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).
Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla