While Devdutt Padikkal may have expected some game time in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the left-hander wouldn’t have thought that he would end up as the leading run-scorer of the team.
With the help of 5 half-centuries, Padikkal scored 473 runs- 7 more than the captain, Virat Kohli, and 19 ahead of the charismatic, AB de Villiers. Such was Padikkal’s impact for RCB that he outshined his batting partner and an accomplished international opener, Aaron Finch.
Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen in the world: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal in an interview with Sportskeeda opined that Virat Kohli is one of the finest batsmen in the world and he learned a lot throughout the season while batting with his skipper. The southpaw said that he was very excited about being in the middle with Kohli, and enjoyed every moment spend with the Indian captain.
Devdutt Padikkal told Sportskeeda, “It’s special because he (Kohli) is one of the greatest batsmen in the world and to bat with him and learn from him throughout the season was something I was very excited about and I truly enjoyed every minute I spent with him.”
The 20-year-old has an amazing experience of playing alongside world-class players in the RCB squad. He said that receiving the debut cap and playing in his maiden IPL game was the left-hander’s most cherished moment and something which he had dreamt for a long time.
Padikkal, who warmed the bench for the entire season last year, was picked in the team from the first match this season instead of Parthiv Patel. The youngster struck 3 half-centuries in his first 4 games, and consistently provided solid starts to the team.
“The experience has been amazing, it was an incredible opportunity to play in the IPL alongside some of the greats of the game. Definitely, my debut for RCB is the moment I cherish the most this season because I’ve dreamt of that for a long time,” Padikkal added.