Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) 20-year-old opener Devdutt Padikkal has revealed that former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is his cricketing role model and that he still watches his batting videos.
Padkkal, who tested positive for Covid-19 on March 22 and is yet to join the RCB bio-bubble, added that he tries to take inspiration from all the cricketers who have played for India as they all have separate stories.
"For me, there is not one individual who has inspired me. Every person has a separate story and everyone really has gone through with something to get there in their career. I take inspiration from every cricketer who has played for India because getting there is not easy at all. It takes a lot to get there. They have done a lot to reach that level and contributed to the country. But my role model is Gambhir. I have grown up watching him bat. I still watch his videos. I still love his batting. Gambhir is my cricketing role model," Devdutt Padikkal told Times of India.
Further, the Karnataka batsman talked highly of India legend Rahul Dravid, who also played for the same team in his domestic cricket career. The Kerala-born said that a 'humble' Dravid has solution for everything and that he listens to him 'carefully'.
"I have spoken with Rahul (Dravid) sir a few times. Whenever I have the chance, I have met him. I met him at the KCA most of the time. He is such a humble person. He is ready to give any kind of advice whenever I need it. You can always walk up to him and ask him anything. He has the solution for everything. He always told me that ‘keep working hard, keep learning and keep improving as much as possible. Whenever I met him, I learnt something new. It is always nice and great talking to him. Whenever I get time, I go and speak with him. I listen to him carefully," Padikkal said.
Padikkal emerged as one of the biggest revelations of IPL 2020 as he was in fine form at the top of the order for RCB. Padikkal amassed 473 runs in his 15 IPL games at an average of 31.53.
Padikkal was in a rich vein of form in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he scored a total of 218 runs at an average of 43.60 in six matches for Karnataka. Further, in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Padikkal piled up a mountain of 737 runs by scoring them at a towering average of 147.40 in seven matches.