Indian Premier League (IPL) has unearthed some fine talents over the years. The ongoing season has seen the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson firing all cylinders while Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal are some of the bright young talents on show.
RCB opener Padikkal however has been a stand out performer in the IPL 2020 and caught attention of one and all through his brilliance. Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad is also mighty impressed with the way Padikkal has gone about his business. He was in fact one of the first to spot Padikkal as chairman of the Under-19 National Selection Committee.
A few of Devdutt Padikkal’s shots were a lot like Yuvraj Singh: Venkatesh Prasad
India have had some terrific left-hand batsmen in form of Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir in the past. But it has been a long time since a very good left-hander has emerged for the side. Prasad believes that a few shots that Padikkal executed were as good as Yuvraj Singh’s.
“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,” Prasad told Hindustan Times.
“Virender Sehwag is a great example where it was just his bat speed – like Devdutt Padikkal – and hand-eye coordination. And Sehwag was one of the highest scorers, who got two triple hundreds. 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 added.
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.