The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded with Mumbai Indians (MI) defeating Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final and lifting their record-extending fifth IPL trophy. As the tournament has ended, many cricket analysts and pundits are coming up with their opinions regarding the players and the franchises.
Former Australian paceman Brett Lee has also hopped on the bandwagon. Lee had closely observed the whole tournament as he was one of the experts for the official broadcasters. The IPL is a platform where many uncapped and underrated players get a chance to showcase their worth and get recognized for their talent and class.
This campaign wasn’t any different as many uncapped domestic players managed to grab the limelight. While interacting with Star Sports, Lee opined on the two uncapped Indian prodigies who impressed him the most with their performances in IPL 2020.
Brett Lee spoke highly of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman, Devdutt Padikkal, who made his debut in the IPL this year, and Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Rahul Tewatia.
Lee also praised runners-up DC for playing some fearless brand of cricket and highlighted how hard it was to conduct the tournament behind closed doors (without fans inside the stadium).
“It has been incredible. It has been hard with no fans, but to me, the best part of this season has been the young Indian players coming through. The Devdutt Padikkals, the Tewatias… We’ve seen the Delhi Capitals play some really good cricket, so, I will say the fast bowlers too, but I will always say the fast bowlers,” said Lee.
The 20-year-old, Padikkal, was the top scorer for RCB, which boasts likes Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Aaron Finch on their side. He aggregated 473 runs in 15 games (@ 31.53) with five half-centuries while also maintaining a strike rate of 124.
Tewatia, on the other hand, was a revelation for the inaugural champions. The former DC man stunned the audience with his brilliant batting, economical bowling, and acrobatic fielding skills. The all-rounder scored 255 runs in 14 matches and bagged 10 wickets.