Indian Premier League: “Pointsman” Harshal Patel Clear About His Role At Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News

Harshal Patel registered figures of 5 for 27 within the opening match of IPL 2021.© BCCI/IPL

Haryana’s Harshal Patel gave the efficiency of a lifetime when he claimed 5 wickets in opposition to defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians within the IPL 2021 opener yesterday on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Harshal’s five-for on this last-ball thriller got here on the expense of solely 27 runs as Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore began the event in the very best method, a win. Harshal was advised properly prematurely that he shall be a dying overs’ “pointsman” for RCB, a job he performed to perfection within the IPL opener in opposition to MI.

Harshal‘s career-best return was one of many two match-winning performances for RCB with the opposite coming from AB de Villiers.

“When I was traded from Delhi Capitals, I was told what role I will play for the franchise,” Harshal stated on the post-match press convention on Friday.

He was sensible on the dying and identical to skipper Virat Kohli stated, Harshal additionally knew that he was anticipated to carry out the powerful job for which he had deliberate meticulously.

“There were clear instructions that I will be bowling in the last two overs (18th and 20th). That gave me a lot of clarity. It helped me prepare certain plans against batters and kept my preparations concise,” he added.


The pacer defined that change of tempo and the gradual yorkers had been his greatest power. According to Harshal, he has been bowling these slower yorkers that removed Ishan Kishan and Marco Jansen, for nearly two seasons now.

“The ball started reversing at one stage. It was important to bowl the yorkers and slower balls… Just that when you don’t get wickets of slow yorkers, people don’t tend to see that. I always had the yorker but earlier couldn’t take it into the game,” the RCB pacer stated.

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