Harshal Patel opens up on bowling at the death overs
By SMCS - May 26, 2022 12:32 pm
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Veteran Royal Challengers Bangalore player Harshal Patel has stated that Rajat Patidar has done well for RCB. However, he smashed 54-ball 112 and put pressure on the opponents. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 14-run victory in the Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants brought them a little near to the final as well.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel

However, Patidar had scored only 71 runs in IPL 2021. He remained unsold in the IPL auction whereas he joined the team when Luvnith Sisodia got injured that RCB decided to replace him with Patidar as well. And, Harshal Patel heaped praises on him and added that when he joined the set-up as a replacement, he looked ‘determined’ to do well.

“The way he played, I don’t need to say anything about that, we have been seeing this calibre of batting in practice games. Even last year when he was with us, he got a few opportunities but couldn’t do justice to his talent, but we knew he was a special player,” Harshal said in the post match presser. “And even when he came in as a replacement this year, he looked very determined. He is kind of an introvert and goes about his business quietly but we knew the kind of contributions he can make for the team. Exceptionally proud of Rajat… all of us in the team, hopefully he can play a couple more knocks like this,” he added.

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However, Harshal Patel himself had to overcome a mental pressure situation as in the 18th over, he gave away six wides (it included five wides off one ball). But later he also picked up Marcus Stoinis as well as restricted the run-chase.

“First of all, yes, I was nervous, there is no doubt about that. If you are defending 34 off 18 balls, then you’re going to be nervous around it, but I knew when I gave away six runs without bowling a ball… gave away those wides, I knew that the wide yorker won’t work. So I thought what worked for me in the first two overs, I want to go back to that and give myself the best opportunity to get KL (Rahul) and Stoinis out. Fortunately, I got Stoinis out at the boundary,” he added.

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Harshal Patel bowled a brilliant spell

He continued, “Whenever in their bowling when they bowled short or slower balls, it wasn’t coming nicely on to the bat, so that was a clue that I want to bowl short and into the pitch… slow as I can. And then mix it up with a good yorker, good hard length ball. But I knew that the majority of my deliveries would be slower balls on this sort of a wicket, because as soon as you gave pace, the wicket made it easy to hit.”

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However, Harshal Patel has been RCB’s key bowler since the last season. He bagged 21 wickets last season whereas he has 19 scalps to his name this season as well.

“Whether I would be able to deliver or not, I don’t really know, I can’t say. But I want to be in those situations, there is no doubt about that and I have been wanting to do that for the past 2-3 years, I have been doing that for Haryana, and I wanted to do it at the bigger stage and I will continue to put myself in those situations, sometimes it is going to come off, sometimes it is not going to come off. There will be games where I will end up losing for the team and I am okay with that as long as I don’t shy away from challenges,” Harshal Patel concluded.