Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal expressed happiness after scoring his third century in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season on Friday, saying he was always confident of a strong comeback after going through a bad phase last season. The 23-year-old, who had to make frequent trips to hospitals in 2022 due to a serious intestinal problem, failed to make an impact last season and managed only 260 runs in seven Ranji Trophy innings. However, he has made quite a good recovery this season, scoring three centuries and is the state's leading run-scorer for the season with over 500 runs.
“I was not performing very well in the last few years, which resulted in a decline in my performances. But, I was always confident in scoring runs and in terms of my health and fitness. So, happy with that,” he said against Tamil Nadu. Said on the sidelines of the match.
“It's always great to score runs. We understand that when you're not scoring runs, it's not a good place to be.” Padikkal scored unbeaten 151 off 216 balls with 12 fours and six sixes as Karnataka scored 288 for 5 on the opening day of the Group C match against Tamil Nadu on Friday.
He scored 193 and 103 against Punjab and Goa last month, before scoring 105 for India A against England Lions in Ahmedabad.
He is an opener but is batting at number three this season.
“This (batting position) is exactly the way our team was set up. I don't mind batting at number three or opening – it doesn't make a big difference. So, I just make sure that I am in good form. I am determined that wherever I bat, I will contribute on the sidelines,” Padikkal said.
“It (aggressive approach) is natural. As you play more and more cricket and gain experience at this level, you will naturally be able to play more shots and be confident about your areas.”
“I'm still young and learning, and over the last few years I've tried to develop shots and grow as a cricketer.”
“Mayank has recovered.”
One of the most watched faces for this match was Karnataka captain Mayank Agarwal, who was making his return to the playing eleven after losing the previous game against Railways.
Agarwal was admitted to the hospital after accidentally drinking some liquid on the plane, which caused burning sensation in his mouth and throat.
Mayank failed to make an impact in the first innings and was out after scoring 20 runs. He was not talking much, which indicated that he had not yet fully recovered.
However, Padikkal announced that he is doing well. “He (Mayank) is doing well. He has recovered and is back with us, which is great news for us.”
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