Former West Indies batting great Brian Lara has praised the young Karnataka and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Devdutt Padikkal.
Howveer, Lara has said that he was totally impressed with the youngster’s stunning performance so far but he also wants him to get a few more ‘Man of the Match’ titles in the upcoming games of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
While speaking exclusively on Star Sports’ Select Dugout Live Feed, the batting legend: “He’s (Padikkal) such a great talent. Last year he got a couple of fifties, he batted well, he supported Virat Kohli very well. What I want to see in 2021 IPL is for him to go on and get a few man of the matches and get a couple of triple figures under his belt. Such a great little player! A few little things to iron out. I hope he did that in the break and comes back really storming hard for this IPL.”
Meanwhile, Devdutt Padikkal has scored just 11 runs so far this season in only one game he played. However, he has amassed 473 runs in 15 games last year in the UAE which came at an impressive strike rate of 124.
Devdutt Padikkal finished as the leading run-getter of RCB in IPL 2020
However, he had been tasted positive for COVID-19 before joining the team and was in home isolation as well. After getting fully recovered, he has joined the team as well.
“Covid was a setback, I wished that it did not happen but that is something I could not control so once it was there, I had to accept the way it was. It was just about making sure that I stay fit and be ready for the game. I am completely fine now, most importantly I am able to move around. Unless you are a 100 per cent, you cannot push yourself so I just wanted to make sure that I am 100 per cent,” said Devdutt Padikkal in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.
The youngster had a stunning season in the last edition of the cash-rich league, where he smashed 473 runs in 15 matches an average of 31.53 with his best score being 74 as well. He was also the highest scorer for Bangalore last season. Meanwhile, he had finished the Vijay Hazare Trophy as the second-highest run-getter with a whopping 737 runs.