Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Devdutt Padikkal shed light on batting in the middle-order for the first time in the IPL. The youngster came into bat at No.4 in the ongoing contest against SRH and scored a quickfire 41 off 29 deliveries.
Having spent the last the last three years with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Padikkal played as an opener alongside Virat Kohli for the majority of the matches. He was roped in by the Royals at the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Speaking after the end of the first innings, Padikkal said:
“It was a first time experience (batting at 4) for me in the IPL. It was interesting but I was just looking to bat myself in and trust my abilities. It has been great, they (RR) have been welcoming and it is a real family here. It is a very lovable franchise and everyone here has made me feel at home.”
Padikkal looked fluent in his new role on the relatively flat surface at the MCA in Pune.
“I feel we have batted really well” – Devdutt Padikkal
After being sent into bat first by SRH, the Royals did a stellar job of posting 210-6 on the board, the second-highest total at the venue. The batters made full use of the early reprieves to reach the mammoth score.
Feeling that the Royals have a formidable total to defend, Padikkal said:
“It (the surface) is a bit sticky and the odd ball is seaming a bit. Initially Bhuvi was swinging it, so there is something in it for the bowlers. I feel we have batted really well and got a good target on the board. Hopefully (the total is enough). We have a very good bowling attack and if we can execute our plans we should be good.”
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