Renowned expert Brad Hogg feels Devdutt Padikkal might have to find a weapon to negate the short balls directed at his ribs as he feels, that might be an area of interest for opposition sides when they bowl to the youngster. Hogg further noted that SRH threw the game after having it at their mercy.
After being talked up as Karnataka’s next big thing for well over a year, young Devdutt Padikkal fulfilled his prophecy at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday, striking a wondrous 42-ball-56 to propel RCB to a convincing win over SRH. From cuts to flicks to drives to slogs, Padikkal’s knock had everything and his gracious style of batting, in particular, caught the attention of everyone, who tuned in to the game.
However, according to renowned expert Brad Hogg, there might be a slight area of weakness that the youngster might have to work on. Reviewing the game on his YouTube channel, Hogg opined that Padikkal might have to find a way to negate short balls directed towards his rips. Hogg, while heaping praise on the southpaw, reckoned that teams might target the rib-area of Padikkal as the tournament progresses.
“I’ve just got to make one mention of Padikkal - what a wonderful innings. This young man, however, might have to work quickly on the short ball into the ribs on the pacers. I think a lot of teams will be attacking him in that region if he starts to find a little bit of form early on in his innings. He’s got to find a little weapon there to attack the short ball. But other than that, he looks like a fine player,” Hogg said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
Despite the 10-run margin indicating that the RCB might have won the game with ease, it was the Sunrisers who were, in fact, cruising at one stage. With a well-set Bairstow looking in fine touch, David Warner’s men looked destined to win but a Yuzvendra Chahal double-strike turned the game on its head. Hogg noted that SRH threw the game away and posed doubts over the credibility of the team’s middle order which, not for the first time, failed to do its job.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad should have taken the game away from RCB last night but they didn’t. They had them on toast. Bairstow was going at a rate of knots, had the game in the bag and threw his wicket to Chahal, who was RCB’s main weapon at that stage. And then Shankar, who has faced Chahal a number of times in the nets, came out and played with a huge gap between bat and pad and the wrong un from Chahal went straight through that gap and clean bowled him.
“Sunrisers Hyderabad’s middle-order was exposed, they weren’t able to handle the pressure yet again. It’s something they’ve got to work on very quickly.”