Devdutt Padikkal has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be missing the first few games in IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to find a substitute for Devdutt Padikkal, who plays as an opener in the team. Royal Challengers Bangalore will play their first match of IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians on April 9, 2021. The match will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Devdutt Padikkal made a splendid debut in the Indian Premier League last year. The Karnataka cricketer Padikkal was the highest run-scorer for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The left-handed batsman scored 473 runs in 15 matches along with 5 half-centuries. He was also the 8th highest run-scorer in the tournament and was awarded emerging player of the tournament for his spectacular batting. As Devdutt Padikkal will not be available for the opening game against Mumbai Indians, here we look at 3 players who can replace Devdutt Padikkal in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s playing XI in the first match.
IPL 2021: 3 Players Who Can Replace Devdutt Padikkal In RCB’s Playing XI for The First Match
Sachin Baby is one player who can replace Devdutt Padikkal in the playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match. Sachin Baby made his debut in IPL 2013 and has played for teams like Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has played a total of 18 matches in IPL 2013, IPL 2016, and IPL 2017. He has scored 137 runs IPL so far.