‘RCB opener Padikkal has an imposing style similar to Hayden’

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 10/24/2020 10:58:40 AM


New Delhi, Oct 23 Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Chris Morris heaped rich praise on Devdutt Padikkal, saying the young opener has been one of the most impressive cricketers at IPL 2020. Morris likened Padikkal's approach to that of Matthew Hayden. Chris Morris pointed out that despite not having an imposing figure like Matthew Hayden, Devdutt Padikkal like to dominate the bowlers early and hits the cricket ball much like the Australian legend. Devdutt Padikkal made waves in the domestic circuit for Karnataka, topping the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy batting charts. When RCB gave him the opportunity to open alongside Aaron Finch at IPL 2020, the 20- year-old left-hander grabbed it with both hands and made an instant impression. Padikkal, with his elegance and timing, has impressed quite a few in the cricket fraternity. The left-handed opener has scored 321 runs in 10 matches at an average of 32. His consistency has been extremely impressive as the opener has hit 3 fifties, taking the attack to the opposition's newball bowlers with ease. "Devdutt Padikkal, batting with Aaron Finch, he has been incredible. He has got a similar imposing way of batting like Matthew Hayden. Obviously, he has not got the size of Hayden. Hayden has a huge chest. But definitely, he has got a similar technique and hits the cricket ball. The way he moves on the field.

 

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