Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, as chairman of the Under-19 National Selection Committee, was one of the fists to spot Devdutt Padikkal. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman has impressed with his calm — and composed innings to set a good base for his side, who are striving to lock the space in playoffs.
Devdutt Padikkal has amassed 422 runs, including four half-centuries, in 13 matches at a strike rate of 127.10. He has also become only the second uncapped Indian player to register 400-plus runs in his maiden IPL season.
Venkatesh Prasad heaps praise on Devdutt Padikkal:
Venkatesh Prasad is full of praise for Padikkal’s batting prowess. He is delighted that the RCB batsman belongs to a short breed of good Indian left-hand batsman. Apart from his batting stint, the former Indian cricketer is also impressed with 20-year-old athletic fielding.
The first thing that struck me about him was that he was a left-handed batsman, which is a rare thing in India. It’s been there for a long time, but we’ve not seen very good left-hand batsmen.
“Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh were two of them, but otherwise, we haven’t seen too many great left-handed batsmen. With Padikkal being a left-hander, people will show keenness. Secondly, I was highly impressed with his fielding. Like I said, fielding is all about fitness and the moment,” Venkatesh Prasad pointed out.
Prasad added that some of Devdutt Padikkal’s shot reminds him of young Yuvraj Singh. He is impressed with the way the Karnataka batsman confidently executes his pull shots against the fast bowlers.
“A few of Padikkal’s shots were a lot like Yuvraj Singh in his 20s. Like the pull shot he plays or when he comes down the track, or when he goes after the fast bowlers. That shows a lot of confidence,” he said.
Meanwhile, RCB will play the last league match against DC on Monday (November 1).