Former India captain Sunil Gawaskar has said he will not be surprised to see Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) discoverer Devdut Padikal play for India in all formats.
Padical became a mainstay at the top of the RCB contract and scored his first Indian Premier League (IPL) century on Thursday. Gavascar also pointed to Padical’s record in domestic cricket in India.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he plays for India in one of the formats, because he has the class and the ability to do it. He’s a serious top scorer in first-class cricket, and Ranji Trophy also gets big hundreds. Cricket with 50 rubbers, he gets a lot of runs. and hundreds. Here in the T20 domestic tournaments, he has a lot of tracks. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s there sooner rather than later, “Gavascar told Star Sports.
Gavascar said Padikal was just the latest in a long line of great batsmen to come out of Karnataka, which includes the Punjab Kings captain. KL Rahul. However, Gavaskar said Rahul did not seem to believe in himself as much as he should.
“Karnataka has always created a great line of batsmen. Gundapa Viswanat, Rahul Dravid, then KL Rahul. And if KL Rahul, you know, some of the stars have to believe a little more in themselves. Sometimes you have the feeling, that he doesn’t believe in himself.He’s such a talented player and he has Mayank Agarwal, there is Karun Nair, who received a triple hundred, he must also add up. This is a great line-up that Karnataka has, “added Gavascar.
“And Devdut Padikal is another of a long line of batsmen who have delighted Indian cricketers,” he said.