IPL 2021: RCB head coach Simon Katich discloses how Virat Kohli improved Devdutt Padikkal's game
The guidance by the Indian skipper seems to have worked for the young opening batsman as he is continuing his fine form in the IPL 2021 too.
Devdutt Padikkal was a revelation for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), hosted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Opening the innings, Padikkal emerged as the highest run-getter for the franchise with 473 runs under his belt at an average of 31.53 and strike rate of 124.80.
The head coach Simon Katich opined on the tremendous run of the youngster in IPL 2020 saying that Devdutt was mentored by the skipper Virat Kohli. Simon revealed that the team management requested Kohli to take Padikkal under his wings and instill discipline, work ethic, and a winning mentality in the young opener.
Katich highlighted that duo worked hard on fitness and Padikkal often felt tired on the field after playing 20 to 30 balls. For his stunning performance, Devdutt was also awarded the IPL Emerging Player Award in 2020. The guidance by the Indian skipper seems to have worked for the young opening batsman as he is continuing his fine form in the IPL 2021 too. This time around he is opening the innings with Virat and in four matches, the left-hander has 171 runs at a strike rate of 158.33.
Virat Kohli was able to guide Devdutt Padikkal on what to do next: Simon Katich
In a chat with BBC Sports, Katich revealed, “Given his experience and the esteem he is held in in Indian cricket, last season we asked Virat to mentor Devdutt. Devdutt was a kid playing his first IPL, which is a long, physically and mentally draining tournament. We saw times when he started really well but there were times when teams started to work him out with their tactics,” the RCB head coach said.
“There were also times when he (Devdutt Padikkal) started to physically tire, particularly in an innings where we would get to the 20 or 30-ball mark. He could get fatigued, make a mistake and get out. Virat urged him to work on his fitness when the tournament was over. A lot of credit goes to Padikkal, who worked on his game in the nets, but Virat was able to guide him on what to do next. He was prepared to give up his time and knowledge,” Katich added.