IPL 2020: RCB batsman Devdutt Padikkal scores the most runs by an uncapped Indian player in a debut IPL season

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Royal Challengers Bangalore opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal has been one of the best finds of this season and has scored 472 runs in his debut season of IPL 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal

Royal Challengers Bangalore opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal. (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

Padikkal went past Shreyas Iyer who scored 439 runs for Delhi Daredevils in his debut IPL season in 2015He also scored his fifth IPL fifty on Monday, the most scored by an uncapped Indian player in a debut seasonPadikkal now has 472 runs in IPL 2020 and is second in the Orange Cap list after KL Rahul

In a crucial encounter on Monday against the Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal again ensured that his team got off to a good start with a 41-ball 50 run innings.

It was his 5th fifty of the season, the most by an uncapped Indian player in a debut IPL season. He went past the joint record of Shikhar Dhawan (2008) and Shreyas Iyer (2015), who were tied at 4 fifties in their respective debut seasons.

After the innings on Monday he also became the highest uncapped Indian run-scorer in a debut season with 472 runs so far.

DDP brings up his th half-century of #Dream11IPL 2020. Well played champ! @devdpd07#PlayBold #IPL2020 #WeAreChallengers #DCvRCB pic.twitter.com/1rIeFJtig2

— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 2, 2020

Padikkal has been the most consistent batsman for RCB and is the highest scorer for his team. To be able to do that in a team that boasts of names such as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers says a lot about this young batsman.

Many former cricketers and commentators have already said that it is just a matter of time before Padikkal will be seen opening innings for the Indian national team.

Padikkal has got his team the kind of start that is needed upfront several times this season. In the crucial game on Monday, Padikkal stood his ground and hit an important fifty.

The winner of Monday's match in Abu Dhabi will reach the play-offs at the 2nd spot on the points table. It will not be all over the loser, provided the margin of defeat is not massive.

Royal Challengers Bangalore had been underperforming over the last 3 seasons wherein they have finished with the wooden spoon twice. The last time Virat Kohli's men reached the play-offs was in 2016.

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