The Indian fast bowler, Harshal Patel earned a lot of limelight by scalping 17 wickets in 15 appearances for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. However, he featured only in a total of 18 matches until 2020, wherein he played for Delhi Capitals (DC) from 2018 to 2020. However, he was then traded to RCB after the IPL 2020, which turned out to be a career-defining moment for him.
Patel returned with 32 wickets in 15 games for RCB and helped RCB to seal the playoffs spot in IPL 2021. During the latest interaction, he recalled the IPL 2022 mega auction, where the RCB head Prathamesh Mishra left no stone unturned in securing his services. Harshal Patel also said that his wife predicted his sold price will soon be in double figures. RCB kept bidding for him to eventually buy him for a price of INR 10.75 Crores.
During a recent chat on Gaurav Kapur’s show Breakfast with Champions on YouTube, Harshal Patel said, “The reverse happened this year, the moment my name was announced, the first paddle literally in the first second, Prathamesh Mishra, who’s the head of RCB. He raised his paddle in the first second and things began happening at lightning speed, and then it went beyond 6-7 Crores, my wife had told me it’ll become double figures. I said Whatever is above 7 cr is yours.”
Harshal Patel recalled a message from former RCB skipper, Virat Kohli after the auction. The former India and RCB captain congratulated him for churning out such a huge amount. In addition to this interaction, Patel reckoned that irrespective of price, success, and recognition after many ups and downs in their life is the most gratifying thing for him.
Harshal Patel explained, “I was in the room (2022 Auction time) and I got a message from Virat Kohli, ‘Congrats on winning the lottery’. I said ‘yeah bro, won the lottery. Way beyond my expectations. And he said ‘Yeah, very well deserved’. You’ve given the prime of your life to something, and then it bears fruit after so much up and downs, that is the most gratifying thing for me.”