Born in Edapal, Kerala, Devdutt Padikkal represents Karnataka in domestic cricket. A product of the system, Padikkal has risen through the ranks; he represented India Under-19 and soon after earned a call-up to the Karnataka Ranji Trophy side. He made a stroke-filled 77 on his Ranji Trophy debut against Maharashtra in November 2018. Padikkal was acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 20 lacs at the player auction prior to IPL 2019 and that proved to be a game-changer. In his debut season in 2020, he amassed 473 runs with 5 fifties and in 2022, he scored 411 runs with 1 century and 1 fifty. Ahead of the 15th season, Devdutt was always going to be a hot property at the auction and after an intense bidding war, it was RR who were successful in securing his services. Used to open with Virat Kohli, Devudutt will now have new partners in the top-order but his role will remain the same. He will once again be required to get the team off to blazing starts.