Few understand Devdutt Padikkal higher than GK Anil Kumar, the veteran coach from state, who’s helped form the long run of the many a bright and promising young athlete. GK, as he’s lovingly known asis that the man answerable for giving Indian cricket a number of the best players. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair area unit a number of the cricketers whose career Anil Kumar has nurtured as coach of Karnataka’s Under-19 team.

                   


Hence, trust him to be the proper man to weigh in relating to Padikkal, Indian cricket’s newest sensation. In AN IPL year that saw the increase of many children, Padikkal stood out head and shoulders higher than the remaindertogether with expert Rahul Tewatia and quick bowler T Natarajan. Padikkal became solely the second player within the history of the IPL to rack up over four hundred runs in his maiden season – Shreyas Iyer was the primary to try and do therefore in 2015 – before capping off the tournament because the highest-scorer for his team, Royal Challengers city.


Over the years, the IPL has given some gems to Indian cricket, who have excelled as the highest level – Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya come to mind – but Anil Kumar reckons Padikkal’s impact has been far greater than the Mumbai Indians’ fabled pair. Bold, one would assume? The veteran coach has a fair point to support his argument.


“Pandya, Bumrah took some time. They took 1-2 years to really establish themselves, but with Padikkal you can clearly say that the kind of impact he’s had in his first IPL is tough even for an established international cricketer match playing his first IPL to match. It is really difficult to categorize Padikkal, a youngster, a rookie, getting into his first IPL, he got five half-centuries – three of which came in four matches. That speaks volumes of what he can do later,” Anil Kumar told Hindustan Times.

“I think he will definitely be a top contender and reach where Pandya and Bumrah are. Without a doubt, Padikkal will rise to incredible heights with this IPL.”