Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal has very much justified the hype surrounding him by scoring an impressive fifty on his IPL debut in the ongoing game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 20-year old from Karnataka was so impressive that he made his opening partner and one of world’s best white-ball players Aaron Finch look ordinary.
By the time, he was castled by Vijay Shankar in the 11th over, he scored 56 off 42 balls. His impressive innings was studded with 8 fours. In the process, he also became the first Indian since 2010 to score a fifty on his IPL debut. His cover drives were a treat to watch and made many compare him with the legendary Yuvraj Singh.
Our debutants have arrived and how! ?
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 21, 2020
While Finch was struggling to get going on the other end, Devdutt Padikkal was looking at his fluent best. He opened his arms by slamming Sandeep Sharma for two fours in the second over before hitting T Natarajan for three boundaries in the fourth over.
The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh conceded boundaries against the southpaw too. He eventually reached his fifty off 36 balls before being sent back by Shankar. And as he was taking the SRH bowlers to the cleaners, the cricket fraternity was lavishing praise on him.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Devdutt Padikkal’s innings:
Last IPL everyone thought Shivam Dube played like a young Yuvraj Singh. Perhaps, they should have waited a year longer for another RCB player.
Devdutt Padikkal is such a treat to watch!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) September 21, 2020
Outstanding debut from young Padikkal. Can see why there was so much hype about him. Wish him well, he is exciting. Loved the on-side pick-up shot and the drive over mid-off
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 21, 2020
Devdutt Padikkal seems to be a serious talent…..
He has scored a fifty on debut in all three formats – first-class, list A and Twenty20 !#SRHvsRCB
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 21, 2020
A 50 on IPL debut, how good is this 20 year old Padikkal! Lovely. His parents must be so proud ?
— Danish Sait (@DanishSait) September 21, 2020
Want to feel old? Devdutt Padikkal was born in the year 2000. #RCBVsSRH
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) September 21, 2020
Australian Captain completely overshadowed by a 20 Yr old Indian Kid.
— Cricket Gandu (@CricketGandu) September 21, 2020
Not long now before Padikkal & KLR are opening together in T20Is for India
— Abhay (@ImAbhay3) September 21, 2020
Dream debut for the Padikkal kid. Keep it up champion. We need a player like you at the top now more than ever.
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) September 21, 2020
* After seeing wonderful batting of Padikkal *
Parthiv patel's career to Parthiv patel : pic.twitter.com/Q8NULU5nOw
— Palash Jain (@bhut_tezz) September 21, 2020
In all three matches so far, an Indian batsman has top scored. This Padikkal guy looks really promising talent. Hopefully not a one match wonder like we have seen some in earlier seasons.
— नम्रता (@_Namrataa) September 21, 2020
Padikkal has arrived into #IPL2020 with a fifty from just 36 balls including 8 fours. What a knock on his IPL debut, this kid has been doing wonders for Karnataka in last domestic season and continuing for RCB. pic.twitter.com/nzmxkaLAGv
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 21, 2020
Devdutt Padikkal became a household name last year after taking the domestic arena by storm. He finished as the top-scorer in both the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy last season. In the latter, the 20-year-old opener scored 580 runs at a strike rate of 175.75 and struck a 50-plus score every two innings on average