Devdutt Padikkal, 20-year-old batsman of Royal Challengers Bangalore had a debut IPL season to remember for the whole of his life. The Kerala-born batsman who plays for Karnataka amassed 473 runs which included 5 fifties, the most by any batsman in his debut season.
He scored 7 runs more than his captain Virat Kohli to finish as the highest run-scorer for RCB in the IPL 2020 and finished ahead of AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli.
Devdutt Padikkal Felt Rashid Khan Was Challenging To Be Faced
Apart from getting the opportunity to play alongside Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal also relished some moments of facing some of the world’s quickest pacers. Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, Mumbai Indians Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult and Rajasthan Royals’ Jofra Archer who bowled consistently around 150 kmph mark throughout the tournament.
But the Bangalore batsman did not face many troubles facing the fiery bowlers even at death overs. He added that many bowlers in the domestic circuit bowl at a good pace. However, Devdutt Padikkal, who has adjudged the Emerging Player of the Year in IPL 2020, named the bowler who impressed him the most.
“Pace, not really, because there are quite a few bowlers who are pretty quick in the domestic circuit as well. Probably the one bowler I felt was challenging was [legspinner] Rashid Khan, because he has really good pace and turns the ball at the same time. He’s not easy to pick. I think while facing him I felt like, “Okay, this is something I’m not used to,” Devdutt Padikkal said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
Number world T20I bowler in the world, Afghanistan’s spinner Rashid Khan, is someone who challenged Devdutt Padikkal the most. The opener has admitted that the quality of Rashid Khan’s bowling was something he was not used to at practice in nets.
Notably, SunRisers Hyderabad’s Rashid Khan, with 20 wickets was the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the recently-concluded IPL 2020. He averaged 17.2, and his economy rate was an astonishing 5.37- the best bowling economy in IPL 2020, which is quite unthinkable of going by IPL T20 standards.
Devdutt Padikkal’s Dream Is To Play For India
The young batsman wasn’t selected in the limited-overs squad for the Australia series consisting of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, but his eyes are set on his dream to represent India. His focus is improving upon his game before delivering when the opportunity arrives.
“Now the next step would be to play for the country. It’s something everyone dreams of as a cricketer, so I’m looking forward to doing that soon. I’ll continue to work on my game, continue to improve and, whenever I get the opportunity, I’ll take it with both hands.”
Devdutt Padikkal scored 473 runs in q15 matches averaging 31.53 with 5 fifties and was 8th in leading run scorer’s list ahead of teammates Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.