After a dashing start to his IPL career, Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal is all set to up the game in the upcoming IPL 2021. The 14th edition of the cash-rich league will commence on April 9 with Virat Kohli & Co locking horns with the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the season opener.
Padikkal, who finished as the highest run-scorer for Bangalore in IPL 2020 with 473 runs in 15 IPL matches and has been in decent form with the bat in recent times. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, he scored 737 runs in seven matches at an outstanding average of 147.40 and finished as the second-highest run-scorer after Prithvi Shaw.
Gautam Gambhir is my cricketing idol – Devdutt Padikkal
As he knocks on the door of the national team, Devdutt Padikkal has revealed former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir as his cricketing idol during a recent conversation. However, the cricketer from Karnataka maintained that he looks for inspiration from every cricketer who plays for India.
“For me, there is not one individual who has inspired me. Every person has a separate story and everyone really has gone through with some things to get there in their career. I take inspiration from every cricketer who has played for India because getting there is not easy at all. It takes a lot to get there. They have done a lot to reach that level and contributed to the country,” Devdutt Padikkal was quoted saying by Times Of India (TOI).
“But my role model is Gautam Gambhir in cricket. I have grown up watching him bat. I still watch his videos. I still love his batting. Gambhir is my cricketing role model,” Padikkal added.
Meanwhile, Devdutt Padikkal has been tested positive for COVID-19 if reports are to be believed and will miss the season opener against Mumbai Indians. He has been currently put into quarantine and will join the biosecure bubble of RCB as soon as his tests are proven negative.