RCB opener batsman Devdutt Padikkal had a fantastic IPL season last year. Padikkal has entered the IPL 2021 riding on the back of the success of his previous season & successful domestic season.
Earlier Padikkal tested positive for COVID-19 & had missed RCB’s opening match against MI. However, he has recovered from COVID-19 & has come back into the team. He has played for RCB in the next two matches held between KKR & SRH. In the last two matches that he played, Padikkal managed to score 36 runs. He is hoping to get back his form in the upcoming IPL matches.
Recently in an interview with ANI, Paddikal shared his goals for the ongoing IPL season. He also opened up about his bond with Virat Kohli & AB De Villiers. And spoke about why he idolizes former India batsman Gautam Gambhir.
When Padikkal was asked about being aggressive since he is opening the match for RCB along with Virat. To which Padikkal replied, “I do not think so. He is such a talented cricketer & has so much experience. To be opening with him makes my game much easier. I am looking forward to having a good partnership with him. Definitely, Virat’s passion for cricket & the drive for Cricket he has is truly remarkable. That is something which I have tried to learn from him”, said Padikkal.
Padikkal had a good form in the IPL after he finished with a tally of 737 runs. “To be honest, I look at every match as an opportunity to make a mark & that’s what I have continued to do since the past two seasons of the IPL. That’s the reason I believe consistency is the most crucial part of cricket right now & that is what I am looking to do, Be it the IPL or domestic tournaments. I am just trying to do well in every single match that I play & eventually, the selection thing is not in my hands, hopefully someday I will reach there”, said RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal
“We have a balanced RCB team this IPL season & we have a lot of options to explore in every department. It is great to have such a great combination & that the knowledge & experience as well. We can clearly see that there is a real togetherness about the team this IPL season”, Padikkal added.
When Padikkal asked why he idolises Gautam Gambhir to which Padikkal said, “He was a big player & it is one thing I really want to emulate because it is in those crunch situations that those big players come out & do well for the team. He always seemed to do that when the team was under pressure & that is what I would want to do”.
Talking about his bond with Glenn Maxwell & AB De Villiers, Padikkal said, “Maxwell is an amazing cricketer like you have seen in the matches. The shots which he played can change the game on its head. To have such fabulous game changes is team is very crucial. It is really great to see how he has started the tournament & hopes that he continues doing his throughout the rest of the IPL season.
Speaking about AB De Villiers Padikkal said that he keeps things very simple in terms of batting, “He has the skill to pull off the shots which is remarkable. That is what I always ask him & he just says to keep things simple. I feel great to play besides such a talented player”, said Padikkal.
On Tuesday top sports brand PUMA signed a partnership deal with Washington Sundar & Padikkal. As a result the duo joined PUMA’s roaster of cricketers which includes some big names like Virat Kohli & KL Rahul.
Speaking about the association, Padikkal said, “PUMA is such a global brand & to be part of a brand that is associated with such global sportsmen, is really a great feeling. I can have a long term partnership with them. It is great to be acknowledged & know there are people who are there to support & really back you”.