Mumbai: Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has said if Devdutt Padikkal can get that turn 60 into 80 or 90 he can take away games from anyone.
“As I mentioned early on if he can get that 60 turns into an 80 or 90. He will take the game away from someone but so far he has been outstanding,” the Director of Cricket of RCB added.
In the last match against Rajasthan Royals, RCB restricted them to 154/6 in the allotted twenty overs on Saturday.
Chasing 155, Virat Kohli and Peddikal shared a 99-run partnership together. Padikkal was dismissed for 63 but Kohli dismissed the team after playing an unbeaten inning of 72 runs.
Padikkal played a key role in the team’s eight-wicket win over the Royals, whether in fielding or batting.
Hessen said, “He (Padikkal) has got a huge amount of talent. He is really putting pressure on the man he is batting with. He is assessing the times when he needs to step up.”
“He’s making good choices that you’d expect from an experienced player, but he’s excellent at taking it back, so his next challenge is to try to deal with the heat,” he said.
Padikkal is doing well. The left-handed batsman has scored 174 runs for RCB in this year’s IPL at an average of 43.50. Paddikal also scored his third half-century of the season against the Royals.
RCB is at the third position in the IPL with 6 points from four matches. They will Next lock horns with Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Stadium on Monday.