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Sourav Ganguly talks about Devdutt Padikkal’s chances of playing for India

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Devadatta Padikkal. (Photo Source: IPL / BCCI)

Devdutt Padikkal has been one of the IPL 2020 discoveries. The left-handed batsman had a reason behind it Royal Challengers Bangalore Went to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. He finished IPL 2020 as RCB’s top run-scorer, finishing ahead of the likes of captain Virat Kohli and batsman AB de Villiers.

The high-ranked batsman gave RCB a good start in most matches as he made a brilliant 473 in 31.53 with five half-centuries in the tournament. Before shining in the IPL, Padikkal impressed in the previous home season. He finished as the top scorer in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy last season.

In the 20-over tournament, he scored 175 runs in 12 matches at an average of 64.44 and a strike-rate of over 175. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Pedical scored 609 runs in 11 matches with the help of two centuries and five. Fifties. Karnataka went on to win both limited overs tournaments.

Sourav Ganguly on the occasion of Devdutt Padikkal

The way Devadatta Padakkal has performed in his maiden Ipl season, It would not be wrong to state that he has disputed himself for Team India’s call-up. His record in domestic cricket further brightens his opportunities. So does BCCI President Sourav Ganguly think the same? Well, recently the batting veteran talked about the young Karnataka player.

Ganguly started by calling Paddikkal a ‘very good talent’, which suggests that he was impressed with Southeastern when he saw him in action against Bengal during the Ranji Trophy. Talking about Padikkal’s chances of playing for India soon, Ganguly clarified that it is still early for that, the young player is likely to get a chance as India needs an opener.

“He is a very good talent. Although T20 cricket is the first step … I saw him playing an innings at the Eden Gardens in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy in Bengal vs Karnataka … Karnataka was a strong side and he stood tall. He has got talent and time when he plays fast bowling. Let him go through one or two seasons because the second season will be very difficult. The Indian opener wants that, hopefully, he will take his game to the top level.