Youngster Devdutt Padikkal wants to play for India in the highest level.
Young and talented batsman Devdutt Padikkal was in a prolific form during the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy where he smashed a whopping 737 runs in just 7 innings at an average of 147.4 and strike rate of 95.96 including a record four centuries on the trot. He was also the highest run-getter for RCB in the last edition of the IPL in the UAE.
And the youngster is looking forward to having a stunning season this year as well. He also revealed that the opponent used a different strategy for him after his successful IPL stint
Devdutt Padikkal continued: “May be, to an extent. They probably had certain plans against me which they didn’t have before. I continued to play my game. In terms of the general feeling of playing the tournament, it was pretty similar to the previous season. I just wanted to make sure I continued my good form and kept scoring big runs.”
However, he did not get a call from the Indian team for the ODI series against England despite having a sensational Vijay Hazare Trophy but he stated that his only job was to perform and improve constantly which he will do.
“What I have learnt for the past two-three years is that I can’t be really bothered about the selection. It is not in my control. What I am looking to do is to improve my game every day, work on myself. Two-three years back may be, I used to think a lot about selection, being in the team and stuff like that. In the last couple of years, I have learnt it is important to focus on my game and continue to get runs wherever I am playing. It doesn’t matter for which team, franchise cricket or domestic cricket; I want to make sure I continue to score runs, make my team win. Eventually, when I get there it will be great,” he added.
“There is a big difference when you switch from white ball to red-ball cricket” – Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal also elaborated on the technical adjustments he has done.
“There is a big difference when you switch from white ball to red-ball cricket. There is a lot more movement we have to be ready for. Last season, there were a lot of practice sessions where we had to focus was on leaving the ball, really focus on watching the ball closely compared to what we do in white ball. The white ball predominantly comes straight on to the bat. Once you move to the red ball, your feet movement, hand-eye coordination have to be greater. Now, we have pretty much got used to switching between formats, so it’s not that big a challenge,” he explained.
However, the youngster is not afraid of any competition as he knows India has no dearth of talent for the openers’ post where apart from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, other options are KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan.
“There is lot of competition, but I take it as a fun challenge, to be honest. When you have a high level of competition it makes you do better, pushes you even more; that is always good. I just keep pushing myself and keep improving every day. The more competition I have, the more drive I have to do better. That’s how I look at it,” he further added.
Meanwhile, the left-hander has revealed that his ultimate aim was to represent India in Test cricket.
“The ultimate goal is to play for India in the longest format. In the short term, I am going to focus on each game at a time. That’s what I have tried to do in the past couple of years. It didn’t matter if I was playing IPL or a domestic tournament. I just wanted to make sure every game I play, I make an impact and improve,” Devdutt Padikkal concluded.