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Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell

Brad Hogg Believes RCB Has Taken A Gamble By Buying Glenn Maxwell

Brad Hogg believes RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) has taken a huge gamble by opting to buy Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell at an exorbitant amount.

Glenn Maxwell was released by the Punjab Kings, formerly Kings XI Punjab, ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction due to his indifferent performances last season at UAE. However, RCB acquired the maverick all-rounders’ services by paying a whopping ₹14.25 crore at the auction.

Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

Brad Hogg Doesn’t Know The Reason For RCB For Buying Him As He Did Well In Only 2 IPLs Out Of 9 IPLs He Featured

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, former spinner Brad Hogg was asked by a fan the reason behind Glenn Maxwell getting such a large amount despite his below-average performances. Glenn Maxwell has been inconsistent in the past few seasons of IPL, and there were doubts that he will be amongst the most in-demand but the auction proved otherwise.

The right-handed batsman managed to amass only 108 runs in 13 games at a pathetic average of 15.43 with a strike rate of 101.89 and failed even to hit a single six in IPL 2020.

Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)
Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)

The former Australian spinner responded that he is also clueless and stated that RCB had taken a “huge risk” by picking him.

“I don’t know why RCB have gone for him because out of nine IPLs, he has only performed in two of them. This is a huge risk. You are on a prayer with him,” said Hogg.

Brad Hogg reckons RCB might be looking to promote South African star batsman AB de Villiers up the order to give him more time in the middle of the crease to get set and score vital runs.

“I am thinking they have got AB de Villiers who they used down in the lower-order last year to finish off the innings in some games. They don’t want that, they want him to bat higher up and try and use as many overs as possible,” observed Hogg.

Glenn Maxwell has been inconsistent in the past few seasons of IPL, and there were doubts that he will be amongst the most in-demand but the auction proved otherwise. Glenn Maxwell represented Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 and endured a forgettable edition after receiving a bid of INR 10.75 crores.

Brad Hogg : RCB Will Open With Virat Kohli And Devdutt Padikkal

Brad Hogg believes RCB is likely to play Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal as openers, with AB de Villiers coming in at No.3. The 50-year-old spinner feels the presence of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers might allow Glenn Maxwell to play more freely.

“I think they will open with Virat Kohli and Padikkal, AB de Villiers coming in at No.3 and Maxwell will come in around No.4 or No.5. I just think with that pressure taken off Maxwell, with the two legends of the game – Kohli and De Villiers – they think that he might stand up and deliver,” said Hogg.

Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle

Brad Hogg concluded by reiterating that Glenn Maxwell attracting such huge bids despite his insipid performances in the IPL is unfathomable.

“It’s yet to be seen but the money that Glenn Maxwell gets, it’s well over-priced for his performances but it’s not his fault. He is always putting his name in the auction and teams keep buying him,” Hogg concluded.

It will be interesting to see whether RCB decides to open with skipper Virat Kohli or use Josh Philippe instead. In either case, the Bangalore-based franchise would depend a lot on Glenn Maxwell, as their middle-order lacks experience. RCB has acquired the services of in-form Mohammed Azharudeen, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Sams, Sachin Baby, Daniel Christian, and Srikar Bharat as batsmen who haven’t much experience in IPL and international cricket.

Royal Challengers Bangalore splurged a whopping INR 29.25 crore on two overseas all-rounders in Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson during the IPL 2021 auction held in Chennai yesterday. Despite spending a maximum of INR 84.65 crore, Royal Challengers have the least number of players (22).

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal Cherishes Dream Of Debuting In IPL 2020

Devdutt Padikkal scored 473 runs in 15 games averaging 31.53 with five fifties. The 20-year-old uncapped batsman is one of just five players to play every game of his team’s IPL campaign.

A lot was spoken about Devdutt Padikkal and his chances of making a mark with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad ahead of IPL 2020, with the team’s Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson, taking a special interest in the left-hander from Karnataka.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

Devdutt Padikkal Dreamt To Bat With Virat Kohli

Devdutt Padikkal topped the season’s charts for RCB. The feat is particularly impressive considering that the Bangalore franchise has star batsmen Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the squad.

Skipper Virat Kohli was particularly pleased about how Devdutt Padikkal’s season figured out, and he made his thoughts known after the two shared a 99-run partnership that helped RCB win against Rajasthan Royals at Abu Dhabi. The Indian captain suggested that the southpaw has “some serious talent”, during a post-match interview.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The admiration between the two is mutual, of course, as Devdutt Padikkal revealed that he dreamt of batting alongside his IPL captain in the middle in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda.

“It’s special because he (Kohli) is one of the greatest batsmen in the world and to bat with him and learn from him throughout the season was something I was very excited about and I truly enjoyed every minute I spent with him,” Padikkal said.

“I’ve dreamt of it for a long time” – Devdutt Padikkal on IPL debut

Devdutt Padikkal’s performances for Karnataka in the white-ball format saw him bag a place in the RCB side. The maturity is shown by him while wielding the willow over the course of the season realizing that 2019-20 is Devdutt Padikkal’s first full domestic season has held him in good stead.

For both Karnataka and RCB, the past year and a half have been about Devdutt Padikkal showing the world his range of shots. First, he top-scored in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 609 runs as Karnataka went on to defend their title, with him coming agonizingly close to a semi-final century.

Debdutt Padikkal was under the spotlight once again as his state team set out to make it two in a row in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well. The young opener scored 580 runs in the tournament, which was a whole 161 ahead of CSK’s youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad in second place, as his heroics saw Karnataka retain their title for a second tournament running.

Devdutt Padikkal averages around 59 in List A, 43 in T20s and 35 in first class.

Devdutt Padikkal: Experience In IPL Amazing And Incredible Opportunity To Play Alongside Greats

Devdutt Padikkal’s white-ball performances went a long way in catching the attention of RCB team management ahead of IPL 2020. The opportunity to play the IPL was a dream come true for the young man who had idolized Virat Kohli over the years.

“The experience has been amazing, it was an incredible opportunity to play in the ipl alongside some of the greats of the game. Definitely my debut for RCB is the moment I cherish the most this season because I’ve dreamt of that for a long time,” Padikkal added.

Having been named in RCB’s playing XI for their opening fixture against the SunRisers Hyderabad, Devdutt Padikkal strode out into the middle alongside Aussie skipper, Aaron Finch.

The 20-year-old rested any fears of stage fright, as he scored a 42-ball 56. He went on to prove that the innings was not a fluke either as he notched up four more fifties during the IPL 2020 campaign.

“I always try to give it as much importance in training as I do to my batting” – Devdutt Padikkal on his exceptional fielding

It is only natural that Devdutt Padikkal draws comparisons to some of the very best to have played the game as a youngster just coming into the system. The elegance with which he plays his shots meant viewers could not help but see a little bit of Yuvraj Singh in the young southpaw.

Like Yuvraj Singh, he is a great fielder too as he wowed fans and colleagues alike with some exceptional fielding over the course of the IPL 2020 season.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Whether it is the six he nearly saved with some acrobatics down at long-on, off the bat of Andre Russell at Sharjah or the impressive diving catch he did pull off to dismiss Saurabh Tiwary at Abu Dhabi, Devdutt Padikkal was nothing short of a livewire on the field.

The Kerala born youngster acknowledged the importance of his fielding and the effort that has gone into turning himself into the fielder that he is today.

“Fielding has definitely become as integral to the game as batting and bowling is so I always try to give it as much importance in training as I do to my batting and you can only get better with more practice,” Padikkal told Sportskeeda.

He didn’t make most of the chances for India U-19. Still, performances of the kind that Devdutt Padikkal has put out in his first season at the highest level in India in IPL have to mean that an international appearance is not too far away.

Devdutt Padikkal
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Rashid Khan Is The Most Challenging Bowler To Face: Devdutt Padikkal

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
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

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.

Rashid Khan (SRH)
Rashid Khan (SRH) (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“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.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: IPL.

“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.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal

AB de Villiers Is A Treat To Watch, Says Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers Bangalore was quite easily the find of the Indian Premier League 2020. In his maiden IPL season, he scored 473 runs averaging 31.53 with 5 fifties to not only be the highest run-scorer for RCB  just ahead of AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli but also holding the record for the most runs by a batsman in his debut IPL season. Devdutt Padikkal’s promise with the bat fetched the youngster ‘Emerging Player’ award.

Being with RCB franchise allowed 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal to share the dressing room with two modern greats RCB skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. He was involved in several memorable partnerships with his captain, and even though he didn’t get many opportunities to bat with the South African batsman, the 20-year-old youngster cherished all his memorable learnings from the former South Africa captain.

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Devdutt Padikkal: AB De Villiers Is A Special Player And Watching Him Bat Is A Treat For Eyes

Devdutt Padikkal, who was born in Kerala, made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy. He became the first player in IPL history to score three fifties in his first four matches. He made his List A debut for Karnataka in the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy where he was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 609 runs in eleven matches.

In October 2019, he was named in India A’s squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy. He made his Twenty20 debut on November 2019, for Karnataka in the 2019–20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

“He’s a special player. Just watching him bat is a treat for your eyes. Throughout the season, he kept telling me to stay in the zone and continue to do what I was doing,” Devdutt Padikkal told ESPNCricinfo.

“I remember when we were travelling back from the Mumbai [Indians] game in which I got the 70 [74], he sent me a text message saying, ‘Continue to do that and you’re playing really well, just stay in the zone and enjoy yourself’.”

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“That was really special because, coming from him, it was a great honour. I really enjoyed batting with him whenever I could because he makes your job so easy. He just takes on the bowlers from ball one and I enjoyed watching him.”

Devdutt Padikkal was part of the RCB setup last year too, but he was on the sidelines watching his team finishing last in the group stage with 11 points from 5 wins, 8 losses and 1 no-result.

Devdiutt Padikkal Made Sure To Take Responsibility Whenever Chance Came

This time around, however, Devdutt Padikkal entered IPL on the back of a solid reputation of being the leading run-scorer in both the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournaments – India’s premier domestic one-day and T20 competitions. Devdutt Padikkal admitted to working hard towards the mental aspects rather than adjusting on a technical or physical side.

“It was more [about] the mental side of the game, because after a certain point the physical aspect is in a set place. Then it’s more about how you handle the pressure and the situation,” the youngster said.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“So that’s what I was working on and whenever I got a chance, even in domestic tournaments, I wanted to make sure that I took responsibility and tried to take the team home even though there were some international cricketers in our Karnataka side.

“That’s something I really wanted to work on because I knew that when I came into the IPL, there will be big players around and I knew I’d want to be the one to take the responsibility,” Devdutt Padikkal said.

In fact, with 473 runs in 15 matches, 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal is only the second uncapped player in the history of IPL to amass more than 400 runs in his debut season. Before him only Shreyas Iyer did so, scoring 439 runs for Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) in 2015 in 14 matches averaging 33.76.

Gautam Gambhir Is One Of My Idol: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

He Would Deliver Whenever His Team Would Require It The Most: Devdutt Padikkal Names His Idol

Devdutt Padikkal, who has hogged the limelight for his brilliant performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, has mentioned Gautam Gambhir as one of his cricket idols. He is impressed with Gambhir’s quality to deliver whenever the team is under pressure.

Gautam Gambhir has played many such knocks, and the most crucial one was in the 2011 World Cup final. In the high-intense match against Sri Lanka, the top-order batsman scored 97 runs after Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag was out for duck and 18 runs respectively. His significant contribution helped India to lift the World Cup title. And thus, such performances of Gambhir have influenced Devdutt Padikkal.

Gautam Gambhir is one of my cricket idols: Devdutt Padikkal

He Would Deliver Whenever His Team Would Require It The Most: Devdutt Padikkal Names His Idol 1
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

The Karnataka player wants to be like the former aggressive opener, who can be a reliable batsman even under a crunch situation. He has learned to remain calm without the game situation taking a toll on him.

“I used to enjoy his (Gambhir) batting and really liked the fact that he would deliver whenever his team would require it the most. Whenever the team was under pressure you could count on him. He is one of my cricket idols.

“I try to stay calm whatever situation may be. It is not easy to stay calm and be in the present because you can get carried away in a tournament like IPL, added the 20-year-old,” said Devdutt Padikkal.

Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli
Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli. Image Credit: IPL.

Sharing the dressing room with RCB’s massive players, including Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Padikkal has understood to be a focus on the process rather than the results.

“I have learnt a lot with so many senior players around. It has changed my mindset as to how to deal with a lot of situations. They (senior players) keep themselves stable throughout the season regardless of how the team is performing and would focus on the process and not on the result,” the Karnataka batsman said. 

Devdutt Padikkal was awarded as the emerging player of the IPL 2020. He was the leading run-getter for RCB, scoring 473 runs, including five fifties, in 15 matches.

Devdutt Padikkal Following Virat Kohli's Advise
Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

Devdutt Padikkal Follows Virat Kohli’s Advice To Excel

The Emerging Player of the IPL 2020 Devdutt Padikkal has taken a lot of learnings from this season as he shared the dressing room with massive players of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The youngster has taken the advice of RCB captain Virat Kohli‘s advice to keep improving and not let success get into his head.

Devdutt Padikkal is one of the significant reasons why RCB reached the playoff race in IPL 2020. Batting as the opener, he was the leading run-getter, scoring 473 runs, including five fifties, in 15 matches. He dazzled cricket experts and fans with his clam and composure in the field although he is an aggressive left-hand batsman.

Devdutt Padikkal Follows Virat Kohli's Advice To Excel 2
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However, the instant fame and success have not carried away him. Talking to India Today, Devdutt Padikkal stated that he had to keep on still improving, and it was just the beginning. He added that the RCB skipper had also guided him to remain focused and ignore the outer voices.

“There’s a long way to go for me and there’s so much I have to improve upon. It’s just the beginning. Virat helped me along the way in terms of how to build innings. He asked me to continue to work hard and not let the success affect me. Keep pushing ahead and keep improving is what he told me, and that’s what I am going to do,” he said.

Devdutt Padikkal doesn’t want to take the burden of selection:

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Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

The Karnataka player has learned to enjoy the game without thinking about his selection because he believes that constant effort will eventually open the door for him in the national team.

“Its important one should continue to enjoy the game and not get caught in thoughts regarding policy and playing for the country because that’s going to happen when the time is right,” Devdutt Padikkal maintained.

Before getting noticed worldwide, Padikkal was the renowned name in domestic cricket for the Karnatak team. He had a terrific 2019-20 season which had assured RCB of retaining him for the recently concluded season.

Brian Lara, ICC World Cup 2019, KL Rahul
Rahul is a part of India's World Cup squad. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Brian Lara Names Six Promising Indian Young Batsmen In IPL 2020

Brian Lara, the legendary left-hander, named six young Indian batsmen who impressed him the most in an interview with Hindustan Times. IPL has unearthed some of the most promising talents who have gone on to serve Indian cricket, especially in limited-overs cricket.

IPL 2020 in the UAE is no different as youngsters have stepped up to not only ease the burden on the international stars, but at times they have even surpassed them with their performance in pressure situations by delivering with bat and ball.

Brian Lara
Brian Lara (Image Credit: Google)

Brian Lara Loves Sanju Samson’s Ability, And Suryakumar Yadav Is One Of His Favourites While Mentions Devdutt Padikkal Has A Lot Of Potential

Sanju Samson was the first name that Brian Lara took. The Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batsman set the tournament on fire by hitting 16 sixes in the first two matches of RR. He, however, lacked the consistency as the tournament progressed. He scored 375 runs in 14 matches with 21 fours and 26 sixes.

“I love Sanju’s ability, but I’m not sure I love the way he bats all the time. He has got tremendous ability, tremendous timing. He is an unbelievable player in terms of what his potential and range is, and the heights he can reach,” Lara said.

The Mumbai Indians right-hander batsman Suryakumar Yadav has so far scored 461 runs in 15 matches at an average of 41.90 scored at a strike rate of 148.23 with the final match remaining.

“Suryakumar Yadav has become one of my favourites. If your best player is not an opener, he has to bat at No.3. He can repair the damage if Mumbai lose an early wicket and continue the onslaught if he has to. I have enjoyed watching him play in this IPL,” Lara said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

RCB’s highest run-scorer of the season Devdutt Padikkal was the next on Brian Lara’s list.

“Padikkal has a lot of potential. I would like to see him change a few things though. Ultimately when I judge a batsman, I don’t want to see him play only the IPL or T20s, I want to see him play Test cricket as well.

“Padikkal will have to work a lot on his technique to survive in Test cricket. When there are three slips and a gully, and when there’s a man waiting for the hook shot. Maybe he has it. Maybe he is only playing his T20 version of the game and has a game for the longer version as well,” Lara added.

Devdutt Padikkal finished 6th in leading the run-scorers list with 473 runs in 15 matches averaging 31.53.

Brian Lara Names KL Rahul, Priyam Garg And Abdul Samad As Other 3 Batsmen

Kings XI Punjab captain and still the Orange Cap holder of IPL 2020 was named by Brian Lara even though the West Indies great admitted that he is now an established international cricketer. He scored 670 runs averaging 55.83 in 14 matches with a century and 5 fifties and has been picked in all 3 formats squad for the Australian tour.

“KL Rahul for sure. I’ve always said he’s so good, what more can I say about him,” Lara said.

Former India U-19 captain and Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Priyam Garg too managed to grab Brian Lara’s attention. The right-handed batsman scored 133 runs in 14 matches.

“I think Priyam Garg has a lot of potential,” added Lara.

Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Abdul Samad made his IPL debut this year for SunRisers Hyderabad for whom he scored 111 runs and took 1 wicket. He was one of the surprises picks in Brian Lara’s list of most impressive young Indian batsmen of IPL 2020.

Abdul Samad
Abdul Samad. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Brian Lara missed some prominent Indian young batsmen though like Ishan Kishan of Mumbai Indians and Shubman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders along with Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai Super Kings.

Among Indian young bowlers, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Ravi Bishnoi and T Natarajan have impressed most in this IPL 2020.

Virat Kohli Didn't Quite Match His Own High Standards With Bat, Says Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter.

IPL 2020: Virat Kohli’s Slow Strike-Rate Defended By Simon Katich

Virat Kohli finished with 466 runs from 15 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore after they were eliminated in the playoffs. Still, his below-par strike rate of 121.35 was seen as a concern and was criticized by experts as the skipper struggled to get going especially in the middle overs, more often than not in the UAE.

Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Simon Katich, however, defended Virat Kohli’s slow approach in the middle overs at IPL 2020, saying that it’s unfair to judge the talismanic skipper based on numbers alone and RCB’s middle-order failure resulted in Virat Kohli’s slow strike rate as he tried to build the innings rather than playing aggressively.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

Virat Kohli’s Slow Strike Rate Defended By Coach Simon Katich

Virat Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter for RCB at IPL 2020 with 466 runs from 15 matches averaging 42.36 which was only 7 runs behind young opener debutant Devdutt Padikkal who scored 473 runs averaging 31.53. However, Virat Kohli’s strike rate of 121.35 was below considering his high standards. The RCB captain often struggled to get going in the middle-overs as the likes of Moeen Ali and Aaron Finch failed with the bat as RCB had the lowest scoring rate among the 8 teams in the said period.

However, Simon Katich defended Virat Kohli, saying the RCB captain’s approach was a byproduct of the situation he found himself in batting at No. 3 with wickets falling around him, more often than not. Simon Katich pointed out that Virat Kohli was at his best when he hit an unbeaten 90 against Chennai Super Kings.

Still, it was not easy to walk in after the powerplay and build an innings, especially after the pitches slowed down in the UAE towards the later half of their campaign.

“Look, from the batting perspective, we did have consistent opening partnerships between Finch and Padikkal even though Finch not getting the volume of runs that he would have hoped for, we actually did get solid opening partnerships. That’s an area of concern we wanted to address,” Simon Katich said.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“We got that, as a by product of that, Virat came into bat after the powerplay which is never an easy time to start your innings, particularly in the UAE, particularly late in the tournament with the pitches getting slower. That was a challenge for him,” Katich told the press on Saturday.

AB De Villiers on the other hand had a strike rate of 158.74 and scored 454 runs in 15 matches averaging 45.4 while others like Aaron Finch failed scoring only 268 runs in 12 matches averaging a below par 22.33. No other batsman apart from the trio of Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers were in top 25 of leading run scorers which sums up their batting failure as a unit.

Virat Kohli’s Class Was Shown Against Chennai: Simon Katich

Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 90 against Chennai Super Kings off 52 balls including 4 boundaries and as many sixes. In that match he had a strike rate of 173.07 which wasn’t met and was substandard in the other matches. RCB won 7 and lost 7 matches in group stage before qualifying for playoffs due to better run rate.

“We saw the class of Virat in the game against Chennai. But a number of times, the game situation did not help where he looked like he was well on top of the bowling but we would lose wickets at the crucial time and that would sort of slow his progress.”

Simon Katich
Simon Katich

“You can judge him purely by the numbers. There were a number of games where he looked right at ease but unfortunately we got stalled at times,” Simon Katich concluded.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s quest to win their maiden IPL title came to an end as they were handed a six-wicket defeat by SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi on Friday. RCB were clearly struggling as they lost their last 5 matches before crashing out of the competition in the UAE.

Sunl Gavaskar with Virat Kohli.
Sunl Gavaskar with Virat Kohli.

IPL 2020: Virat Kohli Didn’t Live Up To His Standards – Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian skipper, reckons that RCB skipper Virat Kohli didn’t quite live up to the standards he has set over the years as he scored only six runs opening as RCB failed to defend 131 in Eliminator against SRH.

On Friday, Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were eliminated from the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) after SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeated them by six wickets in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi with Kane Williamson contributing with an unbeaten 50 for SRH.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credits: Twitter

Sunil Gavaskar: Virat Kohli Didn’t Match His High Standards

Sunil Gavaskar said that RCB weren’t able to get the required big scores as Virat Kohli, who has been a prolific run-scorer for them and the leading run-scorer in IPL, didn’t fire as expected.

“Looking at the high standards that he sets for himself, maybe he would say he didn’t quite match that and that’s one of the reasons why RCB weren’t able to go through. Because when he scores those big runs along with AB de Villiers, they invariably have big scores,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

From the personal front, Virat Kohli was the second-highest run-scorer for his team in the tournament with 466 runs at an average of 42.36 after Devdutt Padikkal who scored 473 runs. In the last game, he also opened the batting but was caught down the leg-side, cheaply, off the bowling of SRH’s Jason Holder.

Sunil Gavaskar: Bowling Of RCB Always Weak Point

Sunil Gavaskar said that RCB have always been a strong batting unit with their bowlers mostly faltering at the big stage to perform. The veteran also asked the team to assign a proper role to all-rounder Shivam Dube, who he reckons, is ‘confused’ about his position in the side. He has picked 4 wickets and scored 129 runs in 11 matches.

“If anything, their bowling has always been their weak point. Even now, in this particular team, they have got an Aaron Finch, who is a fine T20 player, young Devdutt Padikkal, who began well and then Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, then you have really got it made,” he stated.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube. Image Credit: IPL.

“I think where they need to do a little bit of thinking is to give Shivam Dube a proper role. Dube has gone down and Sundar has gone up and down. If he can be given a role and told to go out there and thrash the ball, it might help him. He is confused now,” Gavaskar added.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore started their campaign, beating SRH in Dubai. From there on, they struggled a bit, but finished fourth in the table and somehow made the playoffs with 7 wins and as many losses. To their dismay, they have to wait for 2021 to try and lay their hands at the coveted IPL trophy.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

IPL 2020: Virat Kohli Rues Missed Chance As SunRisers Hyderabad Thump RCB

Virat Kohli of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) rued the dropped difficult catch of SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman; Kane Williamson by Devdutt Padikkal at the fag end of the IPL eliminator, saying the match could have gone in Bangalore’s favour had the “difficult” chance been taken.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s campaign in the Indian Premier League 2020 ended on Friday as RCB failed to defend their paltry score of 131/7 with only AB De Villiers scoring 56 and Aaron Finch scoring 32. Apart from them none of the other players could score more than 10 runs.

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Virat Kohli Credits Devdutt Padikkal And 3 Others For Stepping Up

Facing Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Eliminator, RCB failed to step up on the right occasion. Batting first after SRH won the toss and opted to bowl, RCB could only manage 131 runs in 20 overs with only AB de Villiers able to score 56 off 43 balls.

RCB bowlers made it difficult for the SRH batsmen but ultimately failed to defend the target as SRH won by 6 wickets with Kane Williamson remaining unbeaten on 50 off 44 balls and adjudged MOM.

With their season coming to an end, captain Virat Kohli reflected on the performance of the RCB players. While he lavished praise on batsman Devdutt Padikkal, pacer Mohammed Siraj, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and batting mainstay AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli wasn’t happy with the performance of the other players.

“Couple of people have stood up, Devdutt (Padikkal) is one of them, he stepped up nicely and getting 400+ runs is not easy. He has played with a lot of class and efficiency for the team. Very happy for him.”

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“(Mohammed) Siraj has had a good comeback. Yuzi (Chahal) has been solid as ever, AB (de Villiers) has been solid as ever. The others contributed but just not enough.”

While Devdutt Padikkal scored 473 runs, Virat Kohli scored 466 runs and AB De Villiers scored 454 runs with the trio playing 15 matches each. Among bowlers Yuzvendra Chahal took 21 wickets in 15 matches. Pacers Mohammed Siraj and Chris Morris took 11 wickets each in nine matches.

Virat Kohli : It’s A Game Of Margins And Bangalore Didn’t Score Enough Runs

Kane Williamson was dropped by Devdutt Padikkal at the boundary in a difficult attempt when SRH needed 28 from 2.4 overs. The reprieve cost RCB dearly as the New Zealand skipper went on to score an unbeaten 50 to help SRH chase down the modest target of 132 with two balls remaining.

“It is a game of margins and if Kane (Williamson) was taken there then it is a different ball game,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

“If you talk about the first innings I don’t think we had enough runs on the board. We made one helluva game in the second half, the positions we got ourselves into in the second half,” he added.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

A batting heavy side consisting of Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, AB De Villiers and Moeen Ali, RCB could only post 131 for 7 after being sent in. Virat Kohli said his side just allowed SRH bowlers to bowl to the areas they wanted as they were under pressure and should have been more expressive.

“Altogether they put us under a lot of pressure in the first innings. Few soft dismissals, few fortunate ones for them as well and we just didn’t have enough runs on the board. Maybe a bit of nerves, maybe a bit of hesitation, we need to be more expressive with the bat. We didn’t put enough pressure on their bowlers. We didn’t have any phases in the game where we got away from the opposition.”

Virat Kohli admitted that RCB haven’t been up to the mark in the last 5 matches as they have lost all of them.

“In the last 2-3 games we have hit it straight to the fielders, lot of good shots going to the fielders,” he said.

Vi rat Kohli said not having home and away matches has made IPL 2020 one of the most competitive ever as no team are favourites.

“That also tells you the strength of the teams in the IPL, no team is run away favourites as such and every team has strong players. One of the other reasons is playing in only three venues and there’s no home and away advantage.

“Similar conditions for everyone and that’s the reason this has been one of the competitive IPL this year. It was amazing to have had this opportunity to come out and play,” Virat Kohli maintained.

Virat Kohli said similar conditions for all the teams as none of them had advantage of playing at home made IPL 2020 one of the most competitive. Previously only IPL 2009 was held in South Africa and part of IPL 2014 was held in the UAE due to elections in India.

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