IPL 2021 is set to start next week with the first match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians on April 9, 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be short of Devdutt Padikkal in the first game as he has tested positive for covid-19. As a result, the left-handed batsman will miss the first few games in IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to find a replacement for Devdutt Padikkal in the first match against Mumbai Indians.
Devdutt Padikkal bagged limelight in IPL 2020. Playing his debut IPL season, he ended as the highest run-scorer for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He scored 473 runs in 15 matches which comprised of 5 half-centuries. He also won the emerging player of the year award in IPL 2020 for his fabulous batting in the tournament. As Devdutt Padikkal is set to miss Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians match in IPL 2021, here we look at the predicted XI of RCB for the first match.
IPL 2021: RCB’s Predicted Playing XI Without Devdutt Padikkal In The Season Opener Against Mumbai Indians (MI)
Sachin Baby will be a good replacement for Devdutt Padikkal for the first match. Sachin Baby made his debut in IPL 2013 and has played a total of 18 matches in IPL so far. He was part of teams like Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past. He also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016 and IPL 2017. IPL 2021 auction, RCB bought Sachin Baby for Rs. 20 lakh. He can play as an opener till Devdutt Padikkal returns to the squad.