Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal seems all geared up for IPL 2021 season as he scored a truckload of runs in the domestic season. While Devdutt Padikkal had a modest Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament by his standards, he sizzled in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The stylish left-handed batsman revealed that Prithvi Shaw’s incredible run of form motivated him to pile on the runs too.
Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal were the top two run-getters in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020-21. Shaw, who captained Mumbai to title victory, slammed 827 runs in eight matches at 165.40 with four centuries. On the other hand, Padikkal stood second in the list with 737 in seven fixtures at 147.40 with four tons. Hence, both the young batsmen would be the ones to watch out for in the upcoming IPL edition.
Devdutt Padikkal conceded that Prithvi Shaw is a special player and he felt good to have someone playing in the same league as he did. Padikkal pointed out that they were both pushing each other and was ecstatic to have a fierce level of competition. The 20-year old believes that such intense competition only helps one’s team to do better.
“Prithvi (Shaw) has been in really good form, and he is a special player as well. It was good have someone really going at the same rate as I was. He was also pushing me to score more runs; I am pretty sure he also had that in his mind. We were really pushing each other; it is good to have a high level of competition around you; it makes you do better. Eventually, it will help your team as well. That was a great battle within a battle,” Padikkal told News18.
What I am looking to do is to improve my game every day, work on myself: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal further observed that he could not overthink about selection since it’s not under his control. The southpaw wants to keep improving and, unlike before, when selection issues continue to bother him, he remains focused on his game and pile on the runs. Regardless of the team, franchise, or domestic cricket, Padikkal wants to keep the runs flowing off his bat. He believes that runs would eventually get him where he wishes to be.
“What I have learnt for the past two-three years is that I can’t be really bothered about the selection. It is not in my control. What I am looking to do is to improve my game every day, work on myself. Two-three years back may be, I used to think a lot about selection, being in the team and stuff like that. In the last couple of years, I have learnt it is important to focus on my game and continue to get runs wherever I am playing. It doesn’t matter for which team, franchise cricket or domestic cricket; I want to make sure I continue to score runs, make my team win. Eventually, when I get there it will be great,” he added.