Young southpaw Devdutt Padikkal made his much-awaited international debut for Team India in three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
With as many as eight first-choice Indian players unavailable for the second T20I as they were identified as close contacts to covid infected all-rounder Krunal Pandya, a number of rookie players got handed their maiden international cap.
Devdutt Padikkal became the first 21st century-born Indian to represent the cricket team when he strolled out to bat during the second T20I.
However, with the pitches in Colombo being sluggish and spin-friendly, the young Indian batters including Padikkal struggled to showcase their skills.
In the second T20I, Padikkal started off decently as he scored 29 off 23 deliveries which also included a reverse sweep before he was knocked over by Wanindu Hasaranga after failed to nail the conventional sweep.
In the third game, the southpaw fell in a similar fashion in an attempt to get quick runs in the powerplay.
Padikkal went for the sweep against Ramesh Mendis but ended up missing the ball which proceeded to nail him on his back leg. He went for a non-existent single but was adjudged plumb in front of the wicket for a 15-ball 9.
Watch: Devdutt Padikkal Gets Dismissed Twice On The Same Delivery In 3rd T20I vs Sri Lanka
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