Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) debutant Devdutt 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.
Board president Sourav Ganguly, a former left-handed batsman, was in awe of the brilliance executed by Padikkal. The former Indian opener said that he enjoyed watch him play and he was delightful to watch.
“Enjoyed watching devdutt padikal @RCBTweets ..left handers grace so delightful,” Ganguly tweeted.
Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch played perfect second fiddle to Padikkal as the duo went on to stitch an opening stand of 90 runs before the youngster miscued a shot and was cleaned up by SRH all-rounder Vijay Shankar.
RCB posted a total of 163/5 on board and well defended it with some brilliant bowling from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The Bangalore franchise, vying for their first IPL title, thus got off to a perfect start in the lucrative tournament.
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