In just a single edition of IPL, Devdutt Padikkal has become an integral player for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The southpaw scored the most number of runs for the franchise last year and helped them reach the playoffs.
Ahead of the start of IPL 2021, he has hit a major roadblock after testing positive for Coronavirus on March 22. The star batsman is currently home quarantined and will join the bio-bubble once his test results come out as negative.
In a recent interview with Times of India, Padikkal shared his experience of playing along with the likes of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The southpaw was particularly impressed with the way both handled the pressure and perform consistently for the side.
“I had an incredible outing at RCB last year. I got the chance to play all the games. Playing alongside Virat Bhai and ABD and all other cricketers was great. It was an incredible experience. Every day I was learning something new from Virat and ABD. The way they carry themselves in the international tournaments and in IPL, which is a long tournament, is amazing. The way they handle the pressure and perform in every single game is something I wanted to inculcate. That helped me a lot.”
Padikkal went onto highlight Virat Kohli’s hunger to strive for success. The former said that the Indian skipper always stays motivated to keep improving and doesn’t need motivation from any outside source.
“The passion and hunger he has for the game, it’s incredible. He has that kind of drive towards the game. He doesn’t need anyone to push or motivate. He has so much fire to perform and give the best for the country or team. That is something I really want to have in myself.
“I really want to have that drive in myself that can push me every single day in terms of practice, training, and whatever I do. That kind of motivation and hunger is something (that is) really incredible.”