This time Rajasthan had done a trading even before releasing the players. Devdutt Padikkal, a Karnataka batsman who is half Malayali, was sold by the team to Lucknow Super Giants. Indian pacer Athush Khan was brought into the team instead. With the arrival of excitement, there is no need to look for pace bowlers in the Rajasthan auction.
Athush is a pacer who has performed well in the IPL before. Devdat did not play a good game last season. The team had to keep the star out of the playing eleven. Patikal was also criticized for not being the right player for T20. Considering all these things, Devdat was traded by Rajasthan.
Former Indian player Irfan Pathanera believes that the acquisition of Devdut Patikal will be of great benefit to Lucknow Supergiants. “I think it’s a great decision to bring Devdut into the team. They can keep players who are coming from local cricket in the reserves. That’s a good thing,” said Pathan.
Lucknow is the team with the best batsmen in the playing eleven. But Pathan explains that their reserve line was weak last season. He said that with the arrival of Devdat, the team has solved that problem.
Devdut Patikal has been in terrific form since being dropped from Rajasthan Royals. Devdutt, who is playing for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, has scored five fifty plus scores in a row. The player is the third top scorer in the tournament.
Currently, the player has scored 465 runs from 5 innings. It was Devdut’s century that led the team to victory against Chandigarh. He remained unbeaten with 93 runs against Bihar. Devdutt came into the limelight after his impressive performance as an opener for Royal Challengers Bangalore. After one season, the star faded away.
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