‘Maharaja KSCA T20 Trophy will give opportunity to talented players in Karnataka’: Devdutt Padikal

Young left-handed opening batsman Devdutt Padikal believes that the upcoming Maharaja’s SCA Trophy is the perfect platform to provide opportunities to talented cricketers in Karnataka.

In the recent draft of the tournament, Padikal was included in the Gulbarga Mystics team along with India and Karnataka teammate Manish Pandey.

Pedicel burst onto the national radar with a stellar performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), before being signed by Rajasthan Royals in the mega auction ahead of the 2022 season, where they finished as runners-up. He also turned out for Bellary Tuskers in the erstwhile Karnataka Premier League (KPL).

“Karnataka has a lot of talent and I have played with most of the players growing up. And I have seen players coming from different parts of the state. So, they are not less talented than Bengaluru players,” Padikal said. said in an official release.

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“They definitely need to be given an opportunity and I think this tournament will provide that opportunity. By being with them, the quality of the tournament will improve. As long as we’re getting games and we’re out there, that’s all that matters, at the end of the day, we’re here to play,” the southpaw added.

Padikal, who played two T20Is for the Indian team on their tour of Sri Lanka last year, is confident of his best performance on the field, regardless of whether he is selected in the playing XI or not.

“Throughout my career, development has been step by step and there has been no sudden leap. It started from the Under-14s and then to the Ranji team, and it has been a fair line of development,” Padikal said.

“The KPL also came at the right time for me as I felt I was ready to put myself out there and show what I am capable of. I was playing well at the time and could not compete with anyone anywhere in India. It’s also great to have a platform for a young cricketer. When I was playing under-16, my mindset changed in terms of selection and being selected for the team, and it never bothered me if I wasn’t selected. No. I was just trying to play the game and enjoy myself,” added the 22-year-old.

“Of course you want to play there for India and even in the IPL, you always want to do well, but that’s not how things work obviously. As long as you’re showing up and giving 100%. have been, that’s all that matters because it’s only in your power,” said the former Royal Challengers Bangalore opener.

Asked how he keeps himself fit during a busy cricket calendar, Pedicle puts it down to eating healthy and doing the right things during training.

“In terms of fitness you just have to make sure you’re doing what you need to do and regularly. Sometimes when you’re playing all the time it’s easy to rest a bit but it’s important. You should continue to work on yourself and your fitness,” Padikal said.

“There is no diet plan as such but I make sure that I eat properly and watch the food. But what I make sure is that I don’t miss my sessions, as much as you do. Missing sessions, you miss out on growth, even if it’s a percentage,” added the southpaw.

Gulbarga Sufiana Squad: Mansoor Ali Khan (Coach), Rajshekhar Shanbal (Assistant Coach), Santosh V (Selector), Satchidananda (Video Analyst).

Players: Manish Pandey, Devdutt Padikal, Karthik CA, Manoj Bhandge, Vidut Kawarappa, Kruthik Krishna, Abhilash Shetty, Kushal M Wadhwani, Pranav Bhatia, Sreejith KL (WK), Ritesh Bhatkal, Mohit BA, Rohan Patil, Dhanush Go, Dhanush Go. Jawad, Shreesha Achar, Jeswant Acharya, Aaron Christie.

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