The young Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Devdutt Padikkal enjoyed a terrific debut season in the IPL 2020. He finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer for his side, surpassing the skipper Virat Kohli and legendary batsman AB de Villiers. Padikkal scored 473 runs in 15 games last year.

In the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Karnataka batsman smashed 737 runs in seven matches at a brilliant average of 147.40.

During his latest interaction with timesofindia.com, when Padikkal was asked to name his inspiration, he said that he is inspired by every cricketer who plays for India, but the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper, Gautam Gambhir, had an indelible impression on him.

Describing the former India batsman as his role model, Padikkal revealed that he still watches Gambhir’s video and tried to learn from them.

“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,” the 21-year-old batsman told TOI.

“But my role model is Gautam Gambhir in cricket. I have grown up watching him bat. I still watch his videos. I still love his batting. Gambhir is my cricketing role model,” said Padikkal, who is kept under isolation as he was tested positive for novel coronavirus last week.

He is likely to miss the tournament opener between the Virat Kohli-led side and Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians on April 9 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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