IPL 2021: 3 Players who can replace Devdutt Padikkal in RCB line-up for the season opener

IPL 2021: 3 Players who can replace Devdutt Padikkal in RCB line-up for the season opener

Padikkal looks set to miss the season opener against MI.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the perfect platform for the youngsters to shine. By playing with the experienced campaigners, they have been able to make a name for themselves. Talk about the stories of the Pandya brothers and Ishan Kishan, they have been able to represent India at the highest level. Therefore, the IPL provides once in a lifetime opportunity to youngsters. 

Another player who has impressed the fans and the experts is Devdutt Padikkal. The Kerala-born batsman represents Karnataka in domestic tournaments. The stylish batsman opened the innings for RCB last year along with some big names like Aaron Finch. And, he performed superbly. 

In the 15 matches he played, Devdutt Padikkal scored 473 runs at an average of 31.53. A strike rate of 124.80 showcases his ability to occupy the crease for longer periods. This time too, he was set to open the innings with his captain Virat Kohli. However, Devdutt has been infected with COVID-19 and he will miss the first game of the tournament.

Here we bring you three players who can replace Devdutt Padikkal in RCB line-up for match 1:

3. Mohammed Azharuddeen

Mohammed Azharuddeen
Mohammed Azharuddeen. (Photo Source: Twitter)

During the 2021 IPL auction, the RCB management picked up Mohammed Azharuddeen, a self-proclaimed RCB fan. He made the headlines after scoring the first T20 century for Kerala during the 2021 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. For a player who can tee-off from the word go, he could fill up Devdutt’s shoes with ease. He was bought by RCB for his base price of INR 20 lakhs during the 2021 auction. 

He had a superb time during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year. As he opened the batting for Kerala, we can expect Kohli to pick him up to open the innings. His ball-striking ability will help Kohli to take his time to settle down. And hence, there will be a perfect platform for the middle order. 

While opening the batting for Kerala, he smashed 214 runs across five matches in the tournament. This means that he had an average of 53.50. Apart from that, his humongous strike rate of 194.54 will be an asset for Kohli’s team. During a match in the tournament, he smashed 137 runs off just 54 balls. Therefore, his ability is justified.