Although Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did not elevate maiden IPL title but once more, they returned dwelling from the UAE with a number of positives. 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal’s batting on the high was arguably the most important asset for the Virat Kohli-led facet. Padikkal, in his debut IPL season, stole the limelight and bagged the ‘Rising Participant’ award this 12 months.
Not solely did Padikkal end the season as RCB’s highest run-scorer with 473 runs, however he additionally surpassed skipper Kohli and AB de Villiers within the run-scorers listing. The Karnataka lad scored at a mean of 31.53 and likewise added 5 half-centuries below his belt.
Following his batting exploits in opposition to Mumbai Indians (MI), Padikkal revealed that he obtained a ‘particular’ textual content message from de Villiers. Padikkal had slammed a 45-ball 74 in opposition to the defending champions.
“He’s a particular participant. Simply watching him bat is a deal with on your eyes. All through the season, he stored telling me to remain within the zone and proceed to do what I used to be doing,” Padikkal informed ESPNCricinfo.
“I bear in mind once we had been travelling again from the Mumbai [Indians] sport through which I obtained the 70 , he despatched me a textual content message saying, ‘Proceed to try this and also you’re taking part in rather well, simply keep within the zone and revel in your self’. That was actually particular as a result of, coming from him, it was an awesome 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.”
Padikkal additionally had a stellar home season, ending as the best run-getter in each the Vijay Hazare 50-over match and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. By providing consistency on the high, Padikkal has shortly turn into a key a part of the Bangalore facet’s set-up. The left-hander additionally identified the ‘psychological facet of the sport’, which is all about dealing with strain in crunch conditions.
“It was extra [about] the psychological facet 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.
“In order that’s what I used to be engaged on and every time I obtained an opportunity, even in home tournaments, I wished to be sure that I took duty and tried to take the group dwelling although there have been some worldwide cricketers in our Karnataka facet,” mentioned Padikkal.