Team India have included a couple of debutants including opener Devdutt Padikkal for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The southpaw has been in sublime touch in the recent past and will look to make his debut memorable.
In a recent video uploaded by the BCCI, Devdutt Padikkal timed the ball from the middle-ball. The 30-minute video was all about grace, timing, and perfection. The global body uploaded the video on the occasion of Padikkal’s birthday.
Watch the clip here:
🔉 SOUND ON!
3⃣0⃣ seconds of the birthday boy timing the ball to perfection in the nets 😍 👌
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal will be one of the front-runners to partner with Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the batting order in the three ODIs and as many T20Is.
He has had decent success in the now-suspended IPL 2021 where he scored 195 runs from six games including a century against Rajasthan Royals.
Opoortunity for Devdutt Padikkal, Chetean Sakariya to make a mark
Besides Devdutt Padikkal, the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Chetan Sakariya received maiden Indian call-ups for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
Head coach Rahul Dravid explained how this upcoming series will act as a platform for the youngsters to bring themselves into contention for a T20 World Cup spot.
“It is crucial for youngsters like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad. They would be extremely keen to do well and set a marker for the selectors. Whether they get picked for the World Cup or not, that’s a call that the selectors and the Indian team management would take based on their plans and strategies. Good performances on tours like these against international oppositions make the selectors think about you,” Dravid had said in a virtual presser.