One of India’s debutants in the ongoing second T20I in Colombo against Sri Lanka, Devdutt Padikkal, did not endure the most impressive of debuts. Devdutt Padikkal, who often opens the innings, batted at number three for India and played some eye-catching shots before perishing. The stylish southpaw, whose 29 was crucial in India reaching 132, believes they have to bowl well to defend it.
Though India got off to a brilliant start as Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad added 49 for the first wicket, they could not capitalize on it. The men in blue found it hard to get going against Sri Lanka’s spinners. The likes of Akila Dananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga snared three wickets between them, but the pacers did equally well to support them.
As for Devdutt Padikkal, he slammed a six and a four before perishing to Wanindu Hasaranga. Padikkal swung the bat to sweep the leggie; however, he missed the ball completely, hitting the off-stump. Opener and captain Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 40 off 42 deliveries. The biggest failure from India’s point of view was Sanju Samson, who made only seven runs despite being reasonably experienced.
This is a par score but we will have to bowl and field well: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal revealed the wicket was sticky and they had a batter short, finding themselves in a pickle. The youngster feels confident of their bowling attack and believes 132 is a par score, but asserts they have to bowl well. Finally, Padikkal stated debuting is a special feeling and that every debutant is excited about the opportunity.
“It was a little bit sticky and we had to make sure that we had to bat through as we had a batter short. We wanted to put a competitive total on the board and we have a strong bowling attack, will look to defend. This is a par score but we will have to bowl and field well . Making the debut is a special feeling. Everyone is excited about this opportunity,” Padikkal told in the mid-innings presentation.