Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has backed youngster Devdutt Padikkal to play for India for ‘many, many years’. The former cricketer’s comments came when the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener was taking Mumbai Indians bowlers to the cleaners in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Devdutt Padikkal has been turning heads with his performance in domestic circuit since last year. The left-handed batsman 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.
And he has very much live up to the hype in the IPL. On Wednesday, the RCB opener top-scored for his side, playing a fine knock of 74 off 45 balls. His impressive knock was studded with 12 fours and a six. And as Devdutt Padikkal was impressing against Mumbai, Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to praise him.
Calling the youngster an incredible all round player, Michael Vaughan tweeted:
“Devdutt Padikkal looks the type of player we will see representing @BCCI for many many years … Incredible young all round player …”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 28, 2020
Playing his maiden IPL season, Padikkal has already scored 417 runs with the help of four fifties. Meanwhile, RCB failed to capitalise on their opener’s 74-run knock and ended up on 164 for 6. They were on 129 for 2 at the end of the 15 overs but failed to finish the innings strongly.