Haryana Ranji Trophy captain Harshal Patel has become the go-to man for Virat in this IPL. He has proved his worth that he should belong in India. He has been playing first-class cricket since 2009. He played for Gujarat for 2 years and rest with Haryana. He is right-hand medium pace bowler with a effective slower ball.
Haryana Captain Harshal Patel journey started with a passion for cricket
A right-arm seamer with an effective slower ball, Patel took 23 wickets at an impressive average of in the 2008-09 Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy He later made his one-day debut for Gujarat in 2009–10. Harshal’s family had planned to move to USA, but his brother Tapan Patel saw to it that he stayed on in India for the sake of his cricket. Harshal was named in the squad for the 2010 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. But he didn’t get a chance to play for India. After then he still waiting for his call for India.
But the Haryana selectors started ignoring him and he chose to play for Bihar. He is a bowling all-rounder. He also opened for Bihar after becoming the captain.
2021 Indian Premier League turn around for Harshal
Haryana Captain Harshal Patel made his name in this Indian Premier League. He has been wickets in every match and with a very good economy. He performed well throughout the IPL from the beginning except for 1 or 2 matches.
He took a 5 wicket-haul against the defending champions Mumbai in the first match and helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match. It was the first-ever 5 wicket-haul against Mumbai in IPL. Then he kept taking wickets with his change of pace deliveries and sharp mind. Due to his and Siraj’s bowling performances, RCB won their first four encounters.
Whenever RCB came in trouble Virat looks for Harshal and he became Virat Kohli’s, go-to man. He also solved the death over bad performances of RCB.
Harshal Patel’s recent performances
Harshal Patel is a consistent performer in domestic. But this year’s IPL has been so majestic for him. He took a hat-trick against Mumbai to become the 3rd bowler of Royal Challengers Bangalore to take a hat-trick.
Due to Harshal and Mohammed Siraj’s bowling performances, RCB is now in a very comfortable position in the points table and will fight with Delhi for the 2nd spot.
Can Harshal Patel be in India’s T20 squad
Harshal’s bowling proved that he can be a good asset to Indian bowling as Bhuvneshwar is just not in good form.
If Harshal succeeds to continue the good bowling he may get his India cap very soon. But the circumstances will be different after the captaincy changes in India’s T20 team. So we can just hope that Harshal gets his India call before it’s too late.
Can RCB win IPL this year
RCB has become a strong team with their recent bowling and all-star batting lineup. They can be the winner this year. Virat Kohli will captain RCB for the last time. So the fans will hope that he will leave with an IPL Trophy.