IPL 2020: Devdutt Padikkal Lights Up Dubai International Stadium on Debut

Debutant Devdutt Padikkal, 20, of Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 56 off 42 balls with some amazing stroke play at the Dubai International Stadium and helped RCB get off to a solid start. RCB had a brand new open pair of debutant Padikkal and Aaron Finch of Australia and they scored 53 runs in the power play overs.

IPL 2020: Devdutt Padikkal Lights Up Dubai International Stadium on Debut

Padikkal was part of the RCB squad last year but did not get a game. However, turning to the IPL this season, the name of the left-handed batsman was the most sought’ after. The next star of Karnataka cricket, Padikkal, played a key role in his victories in both the white ball tournaments last season.

Taking his first step towards becoming the next rising star from Karnataka, Padikkal topped the batting chart with 609 runs in 11 matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and helped the team win the tournament. In November-December, he showed that he could easily convert to formats in T20 cricket and batted with 580 runs at an incredible strike rate of 175.75 with the help of a century and five half-centuries in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy batting chart. Are at the top of the chart. Once again, it was a performance that helped Karnataka win the tournament.

On Monday, Padikkal impressed Abhishek Sharma with an immediate thriller against the mid-wicket so that it could be started before tripping a short past penalty to get two boundaries. He then smoked SRH debutant T. Nitrogen for three fours in an over. Towards a deeper square, then the extra cover and the last deep mid-wicket. Padikkal was seen’ starting his range from a straight field under Mitchell Marsh. After the power play, he settled with Finch, playing the role of aggressor.

He had confidence in the middle that Padikkal even tried to reverse Rashid Khan. He eventually swept Abhishek Sharma to his 50 off 36 balls with a broom, and became the first player in the IPL to reach his half-century after Sam Billing (CSK) in 2016. With this, he has now scored 50 centuries in his first-class, List A, T20, and the first film in IPL. But, he could not move forward and after falling deep in the same over, Vijay Shankar scored 56 off 42 balls.


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