Sunil Gavaskar picks RCB’s ‘surprise package’ from IPL 2021 | Courtesy: @IPL& |  Photo Credit: Twitter
- Sunil Gavaskar was impressed by many players from the RCB team in IPL 2021
- Gavaskar picked Glenn Maxwell as the surprise package from the season
- The Indian cricket legend also hailed the performances of AB de Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) surprised everyone with the form they produced in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 until the season was suspended. Be it the bowling department or batting, the Virat Kohli-led franchise ticked all boxes with their all-round show. While there were many players who did phenomenally well for the team, Sunil Gavaskar picked the player that surprised him the most with his superlative show this season.
In his column for Sportstar, Gavaskar hailed the way RCB pulled up their socks this season having struggled for consistency the past few seasons. While AB de Villiers was at his absolute best once again, Devdutt Padikkal also shone with the bat after coming in late having contracted the novel coronavirus.
“The Bangalore team had a marvellous run thanks in the main to its batting dominated by the peerless AB de Villiers. Young Devdutt Padikkal got a terrific century and looks a great prospect for the future in all forms of the game,” wrote Gavaskar.
When it comes to the player which surprised Gavaskar the most, the original Little Master took the name of Glenn Maxwell. The Australian all-rounder had become a huge topic of discussion for fetching big bucks in the auctions and not delivering with performances. In the RCB shirt, however, Maxwell showed once again why he is one of the finest batsmen in limited-overs cricket at the moment.
“Glenn Maxwell was the surprise as he batted like he bats for Australia and not like someone who has accidentally strolled onto a village green and been asked to fill in to make 11 players. That he has the talent has been known for a while, but this was one season where he has also shown the inclination to make the most of that talent with admirable temperament,” wrote Gavaskar.
The Indian cricket legend also hailed Mohammed Siraj who seems to be going from strength to strength since the successful tour of Australia. Having impressed with his ability to swing the red-ball, Siraj won many hearts showing his skill and variation with the white-ball for RCB.
“Mohammed Siraj has gone from strength to strength after the tour of Australia and he was relentlessly at the batsmen even in the final over just as how he was at the first over of the innings,” Gavaskar wrote in the column.