IPL 2020: Pep Talk With Virat Kohli Helped Devdutt Padikkal Immensely

IPL 2020: Pep Talk With Virat Kohli Helped Devdutt Padikkal Immensely

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Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

The calm and composed innings of IPL debutant Devdutt Padikkal for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has earned him praise from fans and cricket pundits. He made a sensational debut, scoring a half-century in RCB’s win in their IPL 2020 opener.

While talking to Yuzvendra Chahal in the video uploaded in IPL 2020 official website, Devdutt Padikkal revealed that he was nervous when he was informed that he was going to make debut against SRH. But he became calmer after facing the first two balls of the match.

“I was very nervous when I got the news that I would be making my debut for RCB. I was just walking in my room the day I got the news that I will be playing against Hyderabad. When I came to bat, I got settled then, when I played my first two balls, I really felt good,” Padikkal told leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in a video posted on the official IPL website.

I have learned a lot from Virat Kohli: Devdutt Padikkal

Virat Kohli, RCB, IPL 2020
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

Devdutt Padikkal, who was bought by RCB in 2019, opened up that he learnt a lot from skipper Virat Kohli while they were training ahead of the tournament. The Karnataka player kept asking questions to Kohli to improve himself.

“For the past month we have been training here, Virat Bhaiya has talked to me and I have learned a lot from him. Whenever I am with him, I keep asking questions from him,” he added.

Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch
Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Talking about his match-winning partnership with Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal said that the Australian captain understood his game and showed confidence in him which in turn helped him to bat freely.

“Playing today with Finch felt amazing. He understood that I was scoring quickly, so he gave me the strike and showed confidence in me,” he concluded. 

Padikkal scored 56 runs off 42 balls, striking eight fours, to guide the team to set 164 runs target. RCB defended the target and won the match by 10 runs.

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