The Indian Premiere League has known to be really commercial and controversial but it sure has let us discover some amazing cricketers over these years. The best part is that the IPL show the true talent that the young Indians possess which we would have not seen otherwise.
This year too has not been very different as many uncapped players have impressed by amazing cricketing skills. Be it Varun Chakrawarthy, Rahul Tewatia or T Natarajan, everyone has left a mark by highly professional and skilled performances.
However, the cricketer we are going to talk about today is Devdutt Padikkal, the left-handed batting sensation from RCB who has anchored the team to some great wins this season. Some of his innings even overshadowed living legends in the team like Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.
It has been a ground-breaking season for the talented Karnataka opening batsman. Padikkal has achieved several feats this season. Earlier this season, he became the first batsman to score three half-centuries in his first four IPL games.
Then, in the last game against Mumbai Indians, where he scored a very important innings of 45-ball 74, Devdutt Padikkal became the second uncapped batsman after Shreyas Iyer to amass 400+ runs in his debut season.
Overall, Padikkal has till now managed to score 422 runs in 13 innings at healthy average of 32.46 and a strike-rate of 127.10 with the help of 4 50+ scores.
About Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal is a 20 year old left handed batsman who represents Karnataka in first class cricket. He started to take part in many competitive tournaments right from the age if 11.
However, the confident strokeplayer came into the limelight with the 2019 Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the very first game, he scored 58 in the opening game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Jharkand. There was no looking back for the youngster post that knock. He smashed his maiden list A ton against Saurashtra and followed it up with another unbeaten century in the next game against Goa. Devdutt kept piling up runs and was a vital cog in Karnataka’s wheel.
He finished the tournament as the leading run-getter with 609 runs and it’s a no-brainer that he was picked for the Deodar Trophy in the India A squad. He may have missed out on getting a big score in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final but has grabbed eyeballs of many Cricketing experts and pundits.