Won’t be surprised if he plays for India: Gavaskar names India’s future star
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has impressed with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) opener Devdutt Dadikkal’s batting display against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday in Mumbai.
The first centurion of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Padikkal, struck 11 fours and 6 maximums to race his way to a maiden IPL hundred in 51 balls, his second T20 hundred. He remained on 101* from 52 balls which saw RCB won the match by 10 wickets. Skipper Virat Kohli made 72 from 47 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Gavaskar said after the match that sooner or later the left-handed batsman will play for India national team sure because he’s got such a class in him. “Won’t be surprised if he plays for India in any of the formats because he has got the class and the ability to do that. He is a heavy scorer in first-class cricket and Ranji Trophy as well gets big hundreds. In 50-overs cricket, he gets lots of runs and hundreds. Here, in the T20 domestic tournaments, he got lots of runs. So, I won’t be surprised if he is there sooner rather than later,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
The legendary batsman also praised Karnataka for producing some fantastic batsmen over ages. “Karnataka has always produced a terrific line of batsmen. Gundappa Vishwanath, Rahul Dravid… then KL Rahul. And if KL Rahul, you know, some of the stars need to believe in themselves a little bit more. Sometimes you get the feeling that he doesn’t believe in himself. He is such a talented player And there is Mayank Agarwal, there is Karun Nair who got a triple hundred, he also needs to get his act together. It’s a terrific batting line-up Karnataka have,” Gavaskar added.
“And Devdutt Padikkal is another one in that long line of batsmen who have delighted the Indian cricket lovers.”
RCB has registered four out of four win in this year’s IPL which makes them the topper in the points table till now.