Harshal Patel was the standout bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season, as he picked up 17 wickets in just 7 matches at an average of 15.11. The uncapped pacer was leading the race to win the Purple Cap, before the tournament was suspended midway.
Harshal Patel attributed his success this season to the RCB skipper, Virat Kohli. The pacer revealed that the captain gave him the freedom to execute his plans, and does not mind when a bowler goes for runs on a particular day. Harshal Patel conceded 37 runs in the last over against Chennai Super Kings, but Virat Kohli stated after the match that Harshal was an integral part of the squad, and he will continue bowling in the death overs.
“The moment I was traded, Virat sent me a message, “welcome back, you are going to play here”. That made a big impact on my confidence and I realized this is a team where I can finally showcase all my skills. He gives you the space to do your thing. Even if you don’t execute at times he understands better than anybody that on a batter’s day, if they get hold of a bowler, you are going to go for runs,” said Harshal.
“Whenever we are unable to execute, or we stray from our plans, when we sit for the review the only talk is about what do we do to stay on the path, how do we stay in the mindset to execute more often than not. We don’t let any other noise come into that environment,” said Patel as quoted by the Hindustan Times.
Harshal Patel was traded from Delhi Capitals this season. He has been involved in the IPL since 2012, but has never made a mark. However, this season, he has been impressive with his wicket-taking abilities. He can be considered for selection for India’s tour of Sri Lanka in July, where the two sides will engage in an ODI and T20I series.