Devdutt Padikkal has been one of the finds for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Dream11 IPL 2020 this season. The tall left-hander has already accumulated 321 runs from the 10 matches he has featured in so far at a staggering strike rate of 124.41. Clearly, the 20-year-old southpaw, who’s rated as a player to watch out for this season by cricket pundits, has grabbed eyeballs for his batting exploits.Also Read - Ishan Kishan or Rishabh Pant? Dinesh Karthik Suggests Virat Kohli-Led Team India Playing 11 at Dubai
Off the field, Padikkal too has been grabbing attention albeit for his new look. The bright young prospect took the famous #BreakTheBeard challenge after his team-mate and South Africa super star AB de Villiers dished out his new look earlier. Padikkal took fans by surprise as he displayed his new look on Instagram. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Ashamed of the Defeat; International Teams Don't Make 55, Says Kieron Pollard
“@abdevilliers17 thanks for being an icon on and off field! In awe of that style. Here is something of my own. Let’s see who can match that… @rahultewatia20 , @vijay_41 are you ready? #BreakTheBeard #GameFaceOn #ipl2020 #beard #newlook @break_the_beard,” he captioned the video. Similar to a Van Dyke style, his fans are cheering for this budding new shining star of RCB. Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard Calls Sunil Narine's Absence 'Unfortunate', Says It's Big Miss For Team
The #BreakTheBeard challenge has been quite popular on social media. The challenge is to shave your beard and upload short videos on social media, using the hashtag #BreakTheBeard.
Earlier, ABD joined the list of superstars who have taken up the challenge in this year’s IPL. ‘Mr 360’ posted a video of himself on Twitter where he gave his beard a break. “Change is the only constant” they say. Took this thought a bit seriously and decided to sport a new style! Smiling face with sunglasses what say @dk00019 @kieron.pollard55 @fafdup @krunalpandya_official. Can’t wait to see who picks up this baton next! #BreakTheBeard #ipl2020 @break_the_beard,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Padikkal came into the spotlight after scoring 580 runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in 2019. The Karnataka batsman was the leading run getter in the tournament by a huge margin and scored the runs at an average of 64 and a whopping strike rate of above 175. He had a brilliant first season in domestic cricket, scoring more than 900 runs in first class cricket and averaged close to 60 in List A format.
RCB currently occupy the second position in the points table with 14 points from their 10 matches. Virat Kohli & Co. next face Chennai Super Kings on October 25th (Sunday).