Harshal Patel Reveals How Rahul Dravid And Rohit Sharma Support Him
By CricShots - Sep 19, 2022 11:18 am
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India’s death-over specialist, Harshal Patel is set to make a comeback to the Indian team after an injury layoff. Patel, who was not able to be a part of India’s Asia Cup squad will be expected to partner with Jasprit Bumrah in India’s preparatory campaign for the T20 World Cup, against defending champions Australia.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel 

Harshal Patel talked about players’ insecurities on return and how thankful he is for receiving full backing from his captain and coach. India will be locking horns with Australia in the first T20I match in Mohali on 20 September, and Patel is likely to feature in the game.

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During a recent chat with ESPNCricinfo, Harshal Patel said, “They (India coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma) have been nothing but supportive. It does take a bit of pressure off you. Because sometimes people make foolish decisions when they’re returning to play. They’re either trying to do too much or trying to push too hard because they feel that their place is in danger or for whatever reason.”

 Rahul Dravid
Harshal Patel and Rahul Dravid

India would be hoping to unleash their full strength against Australia, a combination that they have not been able to play due to multiple injuries in the squad.

Ahead of the T20 World Cup, the team management will be aiming to iron out the plans and hoping to shake off the group stage exit memories from the 2021 edition of the tournament.

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Explaining the same, Harshal Patel said, “But if you know for a fact that the team management will remember what you’ve done prior to getting injured, and those performances and contributions are not forgotten, then that gives you a sense of calm or comfort that once you go back into the team-obviously you will have to perform again and again and that goes for every single cricketer-you know that you will hold that place in the team.”