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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.

Brian Lara, ICC World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara

Brian Lara Sheds Light On Aspects Of T20 Cricket Era

Brian Lara talks about the aspects of T20 cricket that has caught his attention while he remains worried that paddle scoops and reverse slog sweeps will hamper the techniques of young players who want to play all formats of the game. Brian Lara also believes that the best modern-day players in the ranks of KL Rahul will always find a balance between all three formats.

Brian Lara who has the highest score in Test history now loves watching the shortest format by commentating from the Star Sports Select Dugout studios in Mumbai in the IPL every evening by analyzing fielding moves from Deano demo-zone named after late Dean Jones besides making several predictions on batting and bowling.

Brian Lara
Brian Lara (Image Credit: Google)

Brian Lara: Likes Of Jasprit Bumrah And Jofra Archer Should Be Counted In Any Era Of Cricket

Brian Lara said that yesteryears best batsmen would not practice power hitting which has changed nowadays with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and even Sunil Narine spending time practicing the same.

“These guys do a lot of power-hitting in practice. There was no such practice 30 years ago. Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd or Gus Logie, none of them would practice power-hitting. But now, Pollard, or even Sunil Narine will spend a certain amount of time power-hitting.

“The minute you can hit a six over 100-110 metres, from that day onwards you are going to be confident that you can clear every single boundary. When you look at Pollard, the guy at the boundary makes no sense to him. As long as he middles the ball, he knows the guys in the deep are not in play,” he said.

He feels the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer should be counted in any era of cricket, but he should have preferred batting against the likes of Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar.

“I can only say this: Bumrah and Archer could stand up and be counted in any era of cricket. And I am not belittling anyone from the past. But these two would be in the echelons of fast bowling in any era I have watched, played in, or am still watching.

“I think I would’ve preferred facing Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar rather than Bumrah (laughs). But yes, the challenge would have been exceptional. I know I would not have backed away.”

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Brian Lara feels the only negative to T20 batting is not a lot of reliance on technique as the batsmen have to score quick runs by power hitting. Likes of Shubman Gill face technical flaws as he is under pressure when bowlers are economical. But KL Rahul is destructive besides keeping his technique as an all-format batsman.

“The only negative (to T20 batting) is that there is not a lot of reliance on technique in the shorter format. So, with a wonderful player like Shubman Gill I am seeing some technical flaws coming in. I think it’s the natural progression of wanting to spank the ball. But then, a batsman like KL Rahul has kept his technique, and you can’t tell if he is playing a T20 or ODI or a Test match when he is batting. He is so well polished.”

“Viral Kohli plays, and is successful, across all formats. You look at some guys who are playing in IPL, they haven’t played the longer format and their game is based around T20,” Brian Lara on Virat Kohli.

Brian Lara has a piece of advice to youngsters to keep the foundation of the game and good technique while playing T20 cricket.

“I know there is Ranji Trophy and 4-day cricket, but just don’t lose the fundamentals of the game. So, my foundation from 3-day-cricket and experience from ODI cricket was used to further my Test cricket, which was the right way of doing it.

“That’ll be my advice to these wonderful young batsmen: Keep the foundation of your game and good technique, even if they are playing T20 in the biggest league in the world.”

He said that the reason for Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s success stands out because they bowl Test match lengths in T20s by looking to hit the seam and stumps or try to get the edge of the bat.

“Why Bumrah and Shami are so successful is because they bowl Test match lengths in T20s. You don’t see them overdoing the slower balls. They look to hit the seam, hit the stumps. Or they try to get the edge of the bat, bowl sharp and short balls and get batsmen in trouble,” on adjustments by pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami

Brian Lara holds the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 not out against England at Antigua in 2004 and has more than 10,000 runs in both Tests, and ODIs.

Brian Lara Loves Sanju Samson’s Abilities While Suryakumar Yadav Is His Favourite

Brian Lara loves Sanju Samson’s ability as he is an unbelievable player in terms of range and potential while Suryakumar Yadav according to him repairs the damage by continuing onslaught even if Mumbai Indians lose an early wicket. He, however, feels IPL debutant Devdutt Padikkal has to work on his technique to survive in Test cricket.

“Sanju Samson has got tremendous ability, tremendous timing. Suryakumar Yadav has become one of my favourites. If your best player is not an opener, he has to bat at No.3. I have enjoyed watching him play in this IPL.”

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“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,” Brian Lara stated.

Devdutt Padikkal is so far 6th among leading run-scorers in IPL 2020 with 472 runs in 14 matches.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

Royal Challengers Bangalore Haven’t Got Enough Firepower- Michael Vaughan

Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the playoffs despite a losing to Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in their last league match in IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Royal Challengers Bangalore ensured Delhi Capitals took more than 17.3 overs to chase down the 153 runs target to go one spot ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders on net run rate and ensure qualification.

The Virat Kohli led side will now face either KKR or Sunrisers Hyderabad as the 4th spot will depend on the result of the SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians match on Tuesday in the eliminator.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore Haven’t Got Enough Players Collectively To Win IPL-Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan, however, believes Royal Challengers Bangalore don’t have enough firepower collectively to win three matches in a row and lift the IPL trophy from here for the first time in the tournament’s history since they are one of the teams never to lift IPL even once.

“Can the RCB team win it this year? I’ve said that from the beginning, I don’t think they’ve got enough collectively to win it,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.

“Look anything is possible particularly in 2020, the world’s been turned upside down so who knows what’s gonna happen. Virat Kohli might bat left-handed and win them the game (in a gest) but it’s a tall order,” he added.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. Credits: Twitter

The former England captain argued that there aren’t enough players in the RCB side who have suffered back to back 4 defeats unlike other teams to perform under the pressure of playoffs.

“I look at teams and individuals and see are there enough individuals in the RCB team full of confidence to play in the pressure that they would be under… I guess the one thing in RCB’s favour is that they’ve got no other options but to play hard and aggressive cricket,” Vaughan said.

Devdutt Padikkal scored a fifty against Delhi but RCB’s batting unit failed again collectively to put up a good total on the board. Both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers failed to score big runs with the bat as Royal Challengers Bangalore were 10-15 runs short mostly due to conservative batting in the middle overs as they failed with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin restricting them to a below-par score.

Virat Kohli Should Be Striking At Over 140-Michael Vaughan

Commenting on Virat Kohli’s form with the bat, Michael Vaughan said the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain should be winning more games for his side leading from the front. Virat Kohli has an average of 46 and scored 460 runs in 14 matches but his strike rate of 122 is comparatively less than overall strike rate and leaves a lot more to be desired.

“2020 is the year that Virat Kohli became normal. He’s found that there are many other players who have gone through these kinds of struggles. It is not really a massive struggle for Kohli because the numbers are still are over 400 runs at a strike rate of 122 but he is better than that. He is a player that should be striking at over 140.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

“He should be winning the RCB more games than he has done but as I said, he is a human being. Everyone can have periods where it doesn’t come quite as easy, as maybe as he had done in the last few years. Maybe things have not gone his way, lose a bit of confidence. The mindset’s not quite the way it was,” Vaughan said.

Although Virat Kohli has scored 460 runs averaging 46 in 14 matches but his strike rate has 122.1 is the lowest among the top five run-scorers of this IPL. Virat Kohli is placed 4th in leading run-scorers list behind KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and RCB teammate Devdutt Padikkal who has 472 runs.

Virat Kohli, IPL 2020, Shivam Dube, Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Should Play More Fearlessly: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra, former Indian and KKR opener was of the opinion that RCB skipper Virat Kohli not having attained his peak form has contributed to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) following a slightly conservative approach in IPL 2020.

He made this observation while reviewing the Virat Kohli-led side’s defeat against the Delhi Capitals in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Aakash Chopra Appreciates His Favorite Uncapped Indian Batsman Devdutt Padikkal

Aakash Chopra started by appreciating opener Devdutt Padikkal for his excellent knock of 50 against Delhi and even named the RCB opener as the best uncapped Indian player in IPL 2020. He has amassed 472 runs in 14 matches averaging 33.71 with 5 fifties.

“RCB is inserted to bat and Joshua Philippe gets out. Padikkal played well, he has been absolutely outstanding, my favourite uncapped Indian player in this edition of the tournament.”

The reputed commentator said that the RCB innings slowed down a bit after the powerplay overs, with Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli who scored 29 off 24 balls concentrating on just rotating the strike.

“But when the powerplay got over, it seemed the power itself had got over. In the next 5-6 overs, they were scoring only in singles with spin bowlers bowling from both ends.”

Aakash Chopra observed that RCB fell behind in the run rate in the middle overs by not accelerating and approached slowly even though they had wickets in hand. He said Virat Kohli’s mixed returns in IPL 2020 as one of the reasons for their conservative approach.

“That was one phase which pushed RCB way behind as the pitch was good and the wickets had also not fallen. A little conservative approach I feel because of two reasons, one being that Kohli’s season has been a mixed bag.”

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal

The former KKR player added that the RCB skipper has managed to score runs even though he isn’t at his best. He has scored 460 runs averaging 46 in 14 matches with 3 fifties.

“He has scored more than 400 runs so you feel he has played well, but he has not played that well, it shows his genius because when you don’t bat well, you don’t score runs.”

He highlighted that Virat Kohli has not dominated the opposition in the manner that he is reputed for. He disappointed in the initial matches scoring only 18 runs in 3 matches after which he hit 3 fifties but his strike rate of 122 isn’t good enough for his calibre.

“He did not start well in the first few matches, then scored runs in a few matches but after that he has not bossed the innings but has still shown the ability to score runs.”

Aakash Chopra pointed out that RCB’s conservative approach allowed the Delhi Capitals to restrict them to a below-par score of 152/7, which the Shreyas Iyer-led side chased down comfortably and won by 6 wickets with half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane.

“Because of that, Delhi Capitals were tightening the noose and in the end they restricted RCB to around 150.”

Aakash Chopra wants both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to bat in an aggressive fashion for RCB for which they are known for.

Aakash Chopra: Washington Sundar Should Open

Aakash Chopra opined that RCB should send all-rounder Washington Sundar to open the batting with Devdutt Padikkal and include Moeen Ali in their playing XI as RCB are winless in their last 4 matches.

“It is never a good thing that RCB have not won a match in 2-2.5 weeks. So I feel they should open with Washington Sundar along with Devdutt Padikkal and play Moeen Ali in the middle order.”

The 43-year-old reasoned that the presence of the England all-rounder in the middle order will allow their batsmen to play more freely.

“Then they can play with a more fearless approach because if they don’t play in that fashion, I feel it will be difficult for them.”

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar Credit: BCCI

Aakash Chopra signed off by pointing out that RCB are still heavily reliant on mainstays skipper Virat Kohli and former South African batsman AB de Villiers and that an additional batsman in the batting lineup will allow them to bat more aggressively.

“In this team, still everything revolves around two players. So till the time Kohli and AB score runs, the team will do well but when they get out the team will not do well, whatever the others do.”

The Royal Challengers will face either SunRisers Hyderabad if the latter win or the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2020 eliminator. They would have to win three consecutive matches if they want to bag their maiden IPL title.


Shahbaz Ahmed
Shahbaz Ahmed

Felt Very Special After Clinching Shikhar Dhawan: Shahbaz Ahmed

Shahbaz Ahmed picked up two wickets including Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer which made his day special as both RCB and DC qualified. Delhi Capitals might have won the match but for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed, Shikhar Dhawan was his first IPL wicket which made his day special.

Delhi Capital defeated RCB by six wickets on Monday as both teams qualified for playoffs. Chasing 153 to win, opener Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane shone with the bat for Delhi as both batsmen played stellar knocks of 54 and 60 respectively. Delhi won the match by six wickets with six balls to spare.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: IPL)

Shahbaz Ahmed Picks 1st Wicket In IPL Of Shikhar Dhawan

Shahbaz Ahmed dismissed set batsman Shikhar Dhawan and Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer in the 13th and 17th over respectively. RCB qualified despite losing for having better run-rate as Shahbaz Ahmed picked his first wicket in IPL which was of set in form batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

“Today’s match was crucial for us and it’s good that we had a better run-rate so we have qualified despite the loss. The intensity to win the game is one of the positive for us,” Shahbaz said at the post-match press conference.

Shahbaz Ahmed
Shahbaz Ahmed (Image Credit: PTI)

“The practice camp started before IPL has helped me. And the first wicket in IPL that too of Shikhar Dhawan is a special feeling,” he added.

Having won the toss and bowled first, Delhi Capitals kept on the pressure from the start and didn’t let the RCB batsmen to capitalize. They put on a disciplined show with the ball as they restricted RCB to only 152/7 in their 20 overs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Shahbaz Ahmed: Wicket Was Good To Bat Especially In Second Innings

Shahbaz Ahmed feels the wicket got a lot better to bat in the second innings and they might have felt 15 runs short of the par score as they managed 152/7 with Devdutt Padikkal scoring 50. Anrich Nortje picked 3/33 and was MOM.

“Wicket was good to bat and eventually became better in the second innings because of dew. We had a discussion, we were actually 15 runs short as the wicket was slow in the first innings,” said Shahbaz.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje. Image credits: Twitter

With this win, Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs and the side will now get two chances even if they lose the first qualifier to play the finals after finishing second at the IPL 2020 points table. On the other hand, RCB with 14 points from as many matches will surely finish in the top-four in the standings and have also qualified despite losing.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s Record, Devdutt Padikkal Becomes Fastest Indian To Complete 1000 T20 Runs

On last Saturday (31st October) night, Devdutt Padikkal created history in Indian cricket as he became the fastest Indian to complete 1000 T20 runs after breaking the previous record of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Serving for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the 20-year-old talented batsman Devdutt Padikkal reached that feat by creating a new record during the 52nd match of the IPL 2020 against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Sharjah.

Devdutt Padikkal, 1000 T20 runs, fastest Indian, fastest batsman
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

While SRH captain David Warner sent them for bat first, RCB managed to score only 120/7 (20 overs). Later, SRH chased down the target comfortably in 14.1 overs after losing five wickets.

During the first innings of that match, the young in-form RCB opener Padikkal managed to score only 5 runs but it was enough to complete his 1000 T20 runs as he has scored 1002 runs in T20 career after that innings. Padikkal completed his 1000 T20 runs in just 25 T20 innings and became the fourth fastest batsman to complete 1000 T20 runs. In the record of fastest to 1000 T20 runs, he is only behind of Australian cricketers Brad Hodge, Shaun Marsh and Matthew Hayden.

Devdutt Padikkal, 1000 T20 runs, fastest Indian, fastest batsman
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: IPL)

Top 5 fastest batsmen to complete 1000 T20 runs

Player Nationality Innings to complete 1000 T20 runs
Brad Hodge Australian 23
Shaun Marsh Australian 23
Matthew Hayden Australian 24
Devdutt Padikkal Indian 25
Phillip Hughes Australian 26

While Devdutt Padikkal completed 1000 T20 runs in 25 innings, Sachin Tendulkar reached the same feat in 31 innings

However, on the other hand, youngster Padikkal became the fastest Indian batsman to complete 1000 T20 runs. To achieve this feat, he broke the record of legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who was previously holding that Indian record after completing his 1000 T20 runs in 31 T20 innings.

Sachin Tendulkar, 1000 T20 runs, fastest Indian, fastest batsman
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad completed his 1000 T20 runs in 34 T20 innings

Meanwhile, on Sunday (1st November) afternoon, Ruturaj Gaikwad completed his 1000 T20 runs in 34 T20 innings. While he was 15 runs away to reach that feat, he completed 1000 T20 runs playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during the 53rd match of the IPL 2020 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Abu Dhabi. Ruturaj became the joint fifth fastest Indian to complete 1000 T20 runs.

1000 T20 runs, fastest Indian, fastest batsman
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: IPL)

Fastest Indian batsmen to complete 1000 T20 runs

Player Innings to complete 1000 T20 runs
Devdutt Padikkal 25
Sachin Tendulkar 31
Ankit Lamba 32
Gautam Gambhir 33
Manan Vohra 34
Prashant Chopra 34
Prashant Gupta 34
Aditya Waghmode 34
Ruturaj Gaikwad 34
Gautam Gambhir Is One Of My Idol: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Venkatesh Prasad Sees Glimpse Of Young Yuvraj Singh In Devdutt Padikkal

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:

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

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.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.

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).

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

IPL 2020: ‘Incredible’ Devdutt Padikkal Bats Like Matthew Hayden – Chris Morris

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) allrounder Chris Morris has heaped praise on young batting star — Devdutt Padikkal and has compared him with the great former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.

RCB had bought Aaron Finch ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season to take the pressure from Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers for scoring runs. While he has been a complete failure, the young Indian batsman Devdutt Padikkal had set the stage on fire for RCB. He has even outperformed the international cricketer and has hit 321 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 132.10.

Devdutt Padikkal, Chris Morris
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch (Image Credit: IPL)

Seeing Padikkal’s batting prowess, Chris Morris, who is the vital cog for RCB, stated that the youngster has similar techniques and composure like Hayden, who was also the aggressive opening left-hand batsman.

“Devdutt Padikkal, batting with Aaron Finch, he has been incredible. He has got a similar imposing way of batting like Matthew Hayden. Obviously, he has not got the size of Hayden.

“Hayden has a huge chest. But definitely, he has got a similar technique and hits the cricket ball. The way he moves on the field, the way he conducts himself all the time. You look at him, he has definitely got something,” Chris Morris said.

Chris Morris reveals the reason behind his success in IPL 2020:

Chris Morris
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Apart from Padikkal, Morris, himself, has been the game-changer for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had missed the first four matches because of injury. But after he joined the playing XI, the franchise bowling attack has become a lot stronger.

Chris Morris revealed that the COVID-19 break has helped him to evolve physically as well as mentally. He also added that the reason behind his success that he has got a lot more clarity about his role in the ongoing 13th edition of the league.

”The break (due to COVID-19) was really nice both for the body and mental freshness. Good to be playing again and it is just lot of clarity and how the execution needs to be,” said the 33-year-old in an online media interaction on Friday.

Chris Morris has picked up nine wickets in five matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.00. Along with Navdeep Saini, he has plugged the hole that RCB had in the death bowling department.

Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, RCB
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli Calls AB de Villiers As ‘Most Impactful Player’ In IPL

Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper on Saturday, called teammate AB de Villiers the “most impactful player in IPL”. The South African wicket-keeper batsman scored 55 off only 22 balls with the help of one four, and as many as 6 sixes as RCB beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.

RCB reached the 3rd spot on the points table with 12 points from nine matches having won six matches. Chasing 178, AB de Villiers smashed six sixes to help RCB win after everything seemed lost for them as they needed 76 runs in less than seven overs to win following successive wickets of set batsmen Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli with the score at 102 in the 14th over.

AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers

Virat Kohli Rates AB de Villiers As Most Impactful Player In IPL And Credits Individual Efforts Of Both Batsmen And Bowlers

AB de Villiers has now moved to the 8th spot while skipper Virat Kohli is placed 5th and youngster opener Devdutt Padikkal is placed 7th in the list of highest run-scorers in IPL. While Virat Kohli has scored 347 runs averaging 57.83 after a rather slow start while AB De Villiers has scored 285 runs and Devdutt Padikkal has scored 296 runs.

“AB has always been someone who’s been ready to look at the situation and adapt his game accordingly. In my eyes he’s the most impactful player in the IPL,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony.

“If he goes, the opposition know they have a slim chance and there’s a good reason for that. It’s purely because of the presence of someone like him that teams feel we are never out of the game.”

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

“To be honest, you’re always tense in chase because you’re not sure how many balls AB is going to get. Credit to Gurkeerat as well, he stuck with AB, got that important boundary. It doesn’t matter who the bowler is, he does what he does.”

AB de Villiers has scored 285 runs in 9 matches averaging exactly 57. He has scored the maximum number of the fifties numbering four in IPL 2020.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann remained unbeaten on 19 off 17 balls along with AB de Villiers who scored an unbeaten 55 off only 22 balls at a strike rate of 250 to steer RCB to an unlikely victory over Rajasthan Royals.

“The individuals are stepping up and we’ve been done that all through the tournament, which is why we have 12 points.” Kohli said.

Talking about his team, the Indian skipper said: ” The bowling has really stepped up this season.”

AB De Villiers, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his blistering knock, said he was nervous in the 19th over as he had to hit those big sixes to get his team home.

“When Unadkat was bowling, I was looking at the leg side but to be honest I was nervous because I knew I had to hit it well. I’m very very nervous and erratic (in chase) and I get very stressed like any player.  Last game I didn’t perform my role as well as I should have, but this time I did.”

The seven-wicket victory takes RCB to 12 points from 9 matches with 6 wins. Chris Morris, who was the peak of RCB bowlers with four for 26, said watching calm and composed AB De Villiers batting still blows his mind.

Virat Kohli himself scored 43, but RCB were in a spot of bother losing two quick wickets at the same score of 102.

Steve Smith Dejected At Loss As Decision To Give Jaydev Unadkat The Penultimate Over Backfired

Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith was crestfallen after yet another defeat which was their sixth in nine games.

“Sure it is a hard pill to swallow. Just got AB’d there. That’s two in a row we were in the box seat to win but didn’t. Disappointing,” he said.

Virat Kohli and Steven Smith (RCB vs RR)
Virat Kohli and Steven Smith (RCB vs RR) (Image Credit: IPL)

“I think it was a good score on a slow wicket. I thought we built the pressure pretty well and it took a pretty special innings to take RCB home.”

His decision to give pacer Jaydev Unadkat the penultimate over backfired as he was taken apart by AB de Villiers for three consecutive sixes in the first 3 balls as the over saw as much as 25 runs to tilt the match in Bangalore’s favour.

“We wanted to use Jaydev to the bigger boundary, he bowls a lot of slower stuff into the wicket. Obviously the boundary is not big enough for AB.”

Jaydev Unadkat went wicket-less but conceded 46 runs in four overs.