Full name Devdutt Padikkal
Born July 7, 2000, Edapal, Kerala
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
A new kid on the block from Karnataka, Devdutt is a left-hand batsman, who oozes class and confidence, capable of bowling handy offies. Devdutt was born in Edapal, Kerala, but his parents moved to Hyderabad when he was young before eventually settling in Bangalore. He started the sport at the age of 11 and slowly laddered up the ranks to carve a niche for himself. He first came under the spotlight for his stunning 53-ball 72 for his team Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier League in 2017 and after that impressive show, he kept piling runs for Karnataka U-19s before a slump in form and self-doubt threatened to stall his career but hard work and perseverance saw the youngster rise like a phoenix from ashes to rack up 829 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2018, finishing as the fourth-highest run-getter.
Devdutt also bagged the best batsman award from Karnataka State Cricket Association for his superb contributions and was also drafted into the senior team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. India U-19 call-up next followed for the Sri Lanka tour and Devdutt displayed some eye-catching performances to seal his place in the team. At 19, Devdutt now has an IPL contract with RCB swooping in the auctions ahead of the new season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore endured a nightmarish IPL winning 5 out of 14 matches and bagged the wooden spoon. Devdutt never really got a chance to prove but sharing the dressing room with some of the legends of the game would’ve been a memorable experience.
Devdutt started the 2019-20 domestic season with a bang. In the first game, he compiled a 58 in the opening game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Jharkhand. There was no looking back for the youngster post that knocks. 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 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.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star opener Devdutt Padikkal once again proved his mettle as he smashed unbeaten 99 to power Karnataka to 10-run win over Tripura in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on Thursday. Interestingly, Padikkal will now be eyeing for a big pay hike in his new contract with RCB in IPL 2021 as he was roped in by the Bengaluru-based franchise just for Rs 20 lakhs in 2019.
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