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AB de Villiers Is A Treat To Watch, Says Devdutt Padikkal

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Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers Bangalore was fairly simply the discover of the Indian Premier League 2020. In his maiden IPL season, he scored 473 runs averaging 31.53 with 5 fifties to not solely be the very best run-scorer for RCB  simply forward of AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli but in addition holding the report for essentially the most runs by a batsman in his debut IPL season. Devdutt Padikkal’s promise with the bat fetched the teenager ‘Rising Participant’ award.

Being with RCB franchise allowed 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal to share the dressing room with two fashionable greats RCB skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. He was concerned in a number of memorable partnerships along with his captain, and although he didn’t get many alternatives to bat with the South African batsman, the 20-year-old teenager cherished all his memorable learnings from the previous South Africa captain.

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Photograph Credit score: BCCI/IPL.

Devdutt Padikkal: AB De Villiers Is A Particular Participant And Watching Him Bat Is A Deal with For Eyes

Devdutt Padikkal, who was born in Kerala, made his first-class debut for Karnataka within the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy. He grew to become the primary participant in IPL historical past to attain three fifties in his first 4 matches. He made his Listing A debut for Karnataka within the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy the place he was the main run-scorer within the event, with 609 runs in eleven matches.

In October 2019, he was named in India A’s squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy. He made his Twenty20 debut on November 2019, for Karnataka within the 2019–20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

“He’s a particular participant. Simply watching him bat is a deal with to your eyes. All through the season, he saved telling me to remain within the zone and proceed to do what I used to be doing,” Devdutt Padikkal informed ESPNCricinfo.

“I keep in mind once we had been travelling again from the Mumbai [Indians] sport wherein I received the 70 [74], he despatched me a textual content message saying, ‘Proceed to try this and also you’re taking part in very well, simply keep within the zone and revel in your self’.”

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Picture Credit score: Getty Photos.

“That was actually particular as a result of, coming from him, it was an incredible honour. I actually loved batting with him every time I may as a result of he makes your job really easy. He simply takes on the bowlers from ball one and I loved watching him.”

Devdutt Padikkal was a part of the RCB setup final yr too, however he was on the sidelines watching his crew ending final within the group stage with 11 factors from 5 wins, eight losses and 1 no-result.

Devdiutt Padikkal Made Certain To Take Duty Each time Likelihood Got here

This time round, nonetheless, Devdutt Padikkal entered IPL on the again of a stable status of being the main run-scorer in each the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournaments – India’s premier home one-day and T20 competitions. Devdutt Padikkal admitted to working exhausting in direction of the psychological features fairly than adjusting on a technical or bodily aspect.

“It was extra [about] the psychological aspect of the sport, as a result of after a sure level the bodily facet is in a set place. Then it’s extra about the way you deal with the strain and the state of affairs,” the teenager stated.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Photograph Credit score: BCCI/IPL.

“In order that’s what I used to be engaged on and every time I received an opportunity, even in home tournaments, I wished to guarantee that I took accountability and tried to take the crew house although there have been some worldwide cricketers in our Karnataka aspect.

“That’s one thing I actually wished to work on as a result of I knew that after I got here into the IPL, there can be huge gamers round and I knew I’d need to be the one to take the accountability,” Devdutt Padikkal stated.

Actually, with 473 runs in 15 matches, 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal is barely the second uncapped participant within the historical past of IPL to amass greater than 400 runs in his debut season. Earlier than him solely Shreyas Iyer did so, scoring 439 runs for Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) in 2015 in 14 matches averaging 33.76.

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