RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal now has fifty-plus scores in all his major debut matches -- first-class, List-A, T20, and IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal has said that he felt great when Aaron Finch showed faith in him during the batting innings against SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Devdutt Padikkal scored 56 runs for RCB in his debut for the franchise.
With this, Padikkal now has fifty-plus scores in all his major debut matches (first-class, List-A, T20, and IPL).
"I was very nervous when I got the news that I would be making my debut for RCB. I was just walking in my room the day I got the news that I will be playing against Hyderabad. When I came to bat, I got settled then, when I played my first two balls, I really felt good," Padikkal told Yuzvendra Chahal in a video posted on the official website of IPL.
"For the past month we have been training here. Virat bhaiya has talked to me and I have learnt a lot from him. Whenever I am with him, I keep asking questions from me. Playing today with Finch felt amazing, he understood that I was scoring quickly, so he gave me the strike and showed confidence in me," he added.
SunRisers were 121/2 at one stage and they were looking comfortable in their pursuit of 164. However, Yuzevndra Chahal and Navdeep Saini staged a stunning comeback for RCB and Hyderabad lost eight wickets for just 32 runs, losing the match by a deficit of 10 runs.
In the match, RCB spinner Yuzvinder Chahal finished with figures of 3-18 and he got the crucial wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, and Vijay Shankar.
Jonny Bairstow played a knock of 61 runs for Hyderabad while Manish Pandey scored 34 runs.
Earlier, for RCB, Padikkal and AB de Villiers had scored half-centuries to take the side's total to 163/5 in the allotted twenty overs.
The Virat Kohli-led side will now take on Kings XI Punjab on Thursday.