IPL 2021: Won’t be surprised if Padikkal plays for India in all formats, says Gavaskar

Mumbai: After Padikkal’s smashing innings, Gavaskar said on Star Sports, “I won’t be surprised if he plays for India in all the formats. And, he also said Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson has to be consistent instead of performing well early in the season and then fizzing out.

He also said that he won’t be surprised if he sees Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Devdutt Padikkal playing for India in all formats because he has got the class and the ability to do that. He is a heavy scorer in first-class cricket and Ranji Trophy as well gets big hundreds. In 50-overs cricket, he gets lots of runs and hundreds. Here, in the T20 domestic tournaments, he got lots of runs. So, I won’t be surprised if he is there sooner rather than later.

Gavaskar said that Padikkal is just the latest in a long line of great batsmen to have come out of Karnataka which includes Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul. However, Gavaskar said that Rahul seems to not believe in himself as much as he should.

“Karnataka has always produced a terrific line of batsmen. Gundappa Vishwanath, Rahul Dravid, then KL Rahul. And if KL Rahul, you know, some of the stars need to believe in themselves a little bit more. Sometimes you get the feeling that he doesn’t believe in himself. He is such a talented player And there is Mayank Agarwal, there is Karun Nair who got a triple hundred, he also needs to get his act together. It’s a terrific batting line-up Karnataka have,” Gavaskar added.

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“And Devdutt Padikkal is another one in that long line of batsmen who have delighted the Indian cricket lovers,” he said.

“First and foremost, the captain has to stand up and deliver. He did it in the first game but that has been the problem with him. That is one of the reasons why he has not been featuring in the Indian team is that he scores runs in one game and then he looks to do it and carry on as if he’s batting in the next game from the same game, and that’s how he keeps getting out,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

“So therefore, I think if the captain leads by example, the captain scores runs because he is the one class act in the team,” said Gavaskar.

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