Devdutt Padikkal has impressed one and all with his fine performances at the top of order for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2020. The opening batsman has showed his class and garnered praises from some of the finest Indian cricketers including the likes of Gundappa Viswanath, Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly.
Padikkal on Saturday scored 63 runs off 45 deliveries to help RCB chase down the target easily while forging a key partnership with his captain Virat Kohli. His knock was laced with six boundaries and one hit over the fence as he batted at the strike rate of 140.
Not competing with you: Devdutt Padikkal’s response to Yuvraj Singh
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is also might impressed with Padikkal. In fact, he has seen Padikkal in form since the last eight years. Yuvraj took to Twitter to challenge Padikkal for who hits the longest six. But Padikkal subtly denied the legend.
“Form is temporary class is forever ! @imVkohli however I haven’t seen this boy out of form since last 8 years which is unbelievable actually ! Paddikal looks really good need to bat together and see who hits longer,” Yuvraj Singh tweeted.
“Not competing with you paji. Learnt the flick from you. Always wanted to bat with you. Let’s go!,” he added.
Not competing with you paji. 😛 Learnt the flick from you. Always wanted to bat with you. Let’s go!🤩 https://t.co/dpGkmpLBfJ
— Devdutt Padikkal (@devdpd07) October 3, 2020
RCB debutant Padikkal was destined to be a cricket. Before his birth, his parents, had decided that if it is a son then they will make him a cricketer. And after waiting patiently for a few years, Devdutt Padikkal made his debut for RCB and was on the money straight away.
Opening the batting for the Bangalore franchise, Padikkal struck a fierce half-century, to announce himself in the IPL. It also helped him become the first batsman in 10 years to score a half-century on debut in the lucrative tournament. The left-hander notched up 56 runs off 42 deliveries with his innings laced with eight boundaries.