Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh figures Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Harshal Patel doesn’t get the sort of credit he merits for his exhibitions in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 41-year-old portrayed the medium-pacer as a ‘Phenomenal match-winner.
Patel, 31, became a known name when he won the Purple Cap last season, asserting 32 wickets in 15 games. He has continued his form into the current season also. In 14 games for RCB up until this point, he has gotten 19 wickets at an average of 20.05 and an economy rate of 7.57.
He was one of the crucial factors with the ball in RCB’s 14-run prevail upon Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2022 Eliminator. He finished with figures of 1-25 as Bangalore held Lucknow to 193-6, shielding a total of 207-4.
Harshal Patel Has Been A Phenomenal Match-winner For RCB: Harbhajan Singh
Applauding the pacer in front of Bangalore’s Qualifier 2 conflict against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Friday, Harbhajan Singh told Sportskeeda:
“Harshal Patel is an unbelievable bowler. We don’t talk enough about him. He is one of those players who does not get the amount of credit he deserves. He has been a phenomenal match-winner for RCB over the years. He is doing a similar job to what Yuzvendra Chahal earlier did for the franchise. When the pressure is on, he is there to deliver the goods.”
Harshal Patel bowled two tight overs at the death (eighteenth and twentieth) against LSG, yielding just eight and nine runs, respectively. He likewise got the significant wicket of Marcus Stoinis.
Harshal Patel Among The Best Exponents Of The Slower Ball Presently: Harbhajan Singh
Harshal Patel’s slower balls have excused many large names in the IPL. Sharing his perspectives on the equivalent, Harbhajan Singh said that the pacer’s varieties are hard to pick, as his arm speed doesn’t change even as he modifies the speed of his balls. The former India off-spinner elaborated:
“Harshal Patel’s slower ones are very difficult to pick. I have also played against him quite a bit. His arm speed is the same for the slower balls as well as his faster ones.
Harshal himself has said that his effort ball is the slower one because he has to use the body in the same manner that he does for his regular deliveries. He’s among the best exponents of the slower ball presently.”
Having made his IPL debut in 2012, the RCB pacer has asserted 97 wickets in 77 games at an average of 22.57 and an economy rate of 8.39.