Devdutt Padikkal is the name buzzing in IPL 2020. The star boy has taken the world of cricket by storm with his debut match performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
We all know that IPL is the blockbuster tournament. If cricket is a religion, IPL is the festival celebrated in India and around the world. A pandemic like Covid-19 also has failed to stop this celebration. Due to the situation in India, IPL moved to UAE with complete protocols were followed to ensure the safety of all players and other stakeholders of the game.
The celebrations finally began on 19th September 2020 with the opening game of MI vs CSK. the 2nd game being DC vs KXIP and then came the 3rd game which was between SRH and RCB where this wonder boy took a bow from the greats of the cricketing world for his splendid half-century.
So who is Devdutt Padikkal? What makes him so unique?
Here is what you’d want to know about this young lad from Bangalore.
Devdutt Padikkal is a left-hand batsman from Karnataka who has represented the state in many domestic tournaments like the Vijay Hazare tournament, Syed Mushtaq Ali T20, Cooch Behar Trophy and Ranji trophy. He was born in the Padikkals family in Kerala on 7th July 2000. His parents had decided that if they had the 2nd child as a boy, they’d make him a cricketer.
His parents well settled in Hyderabad where his Babunnu (father) was closely working with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other space centres in India. In contrast, Ambili (mother) worked at the New Zealand embassy as an educational visa consultant. They both decided to move to Bangalore only to see Devdutt Padikkal make his mark in the world of cricket.
At the age of 11, Devdutt Padikkal started playing sport and slowly carved a niche for himself while laddering up the ranks. He was a part of the U-12, U-14, U-16 & U-19 teams as well. His coach and mentor Mohammed Naseeruddin says “Anybody who watches Dev bat, will be excited”. He has been a charming batsman with outstanding figures in every game.
Devdutt’s parents have played a pivotal role in his growth as a great performer. They moved from Hyderabad to Bangalore only for him to make his mark in cricket, and his mother used to take him to Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) to watch him play till dawn. His father preferred watching IPL from the comfort of his couch, but had it been Dev playing in Bangalore, he would have watched it at the stadium. But that will have to wait for some more time.
But, like every other great in this sport, came the tough time for Devdutt when he struggled in the U-19 tournament where is faced the loss of form that threatened to derail his career. He never had a bad game since U-14 & U–16, but during the U-19, he did not manage to get runs. He was low on motivation, and this was the time when his coach Naseeruddin did not lose hope in him and motivated him to play his best game. Moving on, Devdutt Padikkal showed a brilliant performance that sealed his spot in the RCB Team. Moving on, he and his bat have never seen a bad match.
His performances in various tournaments have been outstanding. In the Vijay Hazare tournament, he scored 600 runs with an average of 67.66, during Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s he bagged 580 Runs at an average of 175.75. He had a blasting season at KPL 2019 where he bagged the emerging player of the year award.
Determination is the key to success
Devdutt Padikkal has a remarkable degree of determination, not just with cricket but also with academics. When he is 10th and had only two months left for his exams, he locked himself away and studied. He scored 96%, such as the dedication of this wonder boy.
Even now, when we compare the situation, the lockdown had pulled the bat from his hands and almost shatter his dreams of playing IPL 2020, but Devdutt Padikkal ensured he did not lose focus and kept his regime tight. The result is what we’ve already seen in the first game of RCB.
He is an aggressive batsman, and it shows in his strike rate in every game that he plays, it was a bold decision that he took to face the opening ball in the game even when he had Aaron Finch opening the innings with him. Devdutt Padikkal’s 42 balls 56 with a strike rate of 133 shows that he is the man of long and strong innings.
While he has just set foot in the big league with a fantastic inning, he is the boy to look out for in the tournament for other teams.
Though this IPL isn’t the usual with the crowd in the stadiums, the fans and game lovers are hooked to the game digitally, and boys like Devdutt Padikkal take this game to the next level. We hope to see more firecrackers from his bat in the matches to come.