Star opener is all but confirmed to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday evening. Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Mike Hesson conveyed the news to the fans ahead of their clash against David Warner’s side in Chennai.
He will be considered and most likely to play: Mike Hesson
In the tournament opener against Mumbai Indians, RCB missed the services of their opener Devdutt Padikkal. The left-handed batsman tested positive for COVID-19 on March 22 and was in quarantine at his home. He linked up with the squad later and was rested for the first game.
Ahead of RCB’s second game, Mike Hesson revealed that Devdutt Padikkal “will be considered” and is “most likely to play”.
“Devdutt Padikkal has come back nicely, he would be fully fit so he would be considered for the game against the Sunrisers, and most likely he would play,” Mike Hesson said in a video posted on the franchise’s Twitter handle.
Padikkal was RCB’s highest run-getter in IPL 2020
In Padikkal’s absence, all-rounder Washington Sundar opened alongside skipper Virat Kohli but couldn’t last long. Now, Devdutt Padikkal is all set to return to his opening position, where he impressed one and all in his debut IPL season. The 20-year-old was RCB’s highest run-getter in IPL 2020 with 473 runs from 15 matches, including five half-centuries.