IPL 2020 : Kohli becomes Padikkal fan, declares ‘guy has got serious talent’

Devdutt Padikkal fan virat

It is not easy to impress the world’s best batsman Virat Kohli. But when he becomes fan of someone, everyone is ought to take his assessment very seriously. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Kohli has become huge fan of Devdutt Padikkal.
RCB easily hammered Rajasthan Royals in 15th game of IPL 2020 to go to top of the points table courtesy brilliant batting by young Padikkal and captain himself.
Kohli scored an unbeaten 53-ball 72 while also forming a 99-run 2nd-wicket partnership with Devdutt Padikkal. The captain has heaped praises on the young opening batsman as he contributed a 45-ball 63 in RCB’s comfortable chase.
Captain Kohli has become complete fan of Padikkal.
“There wasn’t much to reveal [to Devdutt] and I told Simon this guy’s got serious talent – reach, and a great eye. And a left-hander, very clean shots. You hardly feel he’s taking risks, you get that feeling rarely at this level. Today he carried from 40 to 65 odd, so he’s a smart guy and he understands the game well,” Kohli praised Padikkal.
“Very important two points. The kind of game we had last time, it’s very important to back that up. It was warm, but coming from Dubai, this felt better because of the breeze”.
IPL 2020 : Virat himself hits form, completes 5500 runs in IPL

RCB skipper himself had a good match as he achieved another milestone during his unbeaten 72-runs knock against Rajasthan Royals.

Kohli has now become the only player in the history of IPL to score 5,500 runs or more. He achieved the milestone when he hit Jaydev Unadkat towards long-off for three runs and crossed 70-run mark in the match.

The 31-year-old batsman remained unbeaten on 72 off 53 balls. He smashed seven fours and two sixes in his innings to help RCB register a comfortable 8 wicket win over the Royals.

It was the much-needed knock for the Indian skipper to gain back his confidence as he had scores of 3, 1 and 14 in this IPL before coming into the match against RR.

Interestingly, Kohli is already at the top of all-time leading run-scorer in IPL history with 5502 runs to his name in 181 matches at an average of 37.68 and a strike rate of 131.8.

IPL all-time leaderboard:

POS PLAYER Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50
1 Virat Kohli 181 173 27 5502 113 37.68 4,194 131.18 5 37
2 Suresh Raina 193 189 28 5368 100* 33.34 3,914 137.14 1 38
3 Rohit Sharma 192 187 28 5068 109* 31.87 3,861 131.26 1 38
4 David Warner 130 130 17 4821 126 42.66 3,403 141.66 4 44
5 Shikhar Dhawan 162 161 21 4648 97* 33.2 3,729 124.64 0 37
Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal got the Man of the Match award for his brilliant bowling figures of 4-0-24-3.
“This tournament can get away from you very quickly. When you start losing initially, the games start going quickly and suddenly you realise 8 games are gone and you don’t have points. We need to keep up the momentum.” said Kohli.