Royal Challengers Bangalore batting consultant Sanjay Bangar has backed paceman Harshal Patel to bounce back from a poor outing he endured on Sunday against the Chennai Super Kings. Though Harshal Patel was amongst the wickets, he conceded 37 runs in the 20th over as Ravindra Jadeja battered five sixes. Sanjay Bangar revealed that Patel is someone who is quite hard on himself and would learn from the experience.
Harshal Patel arrived into the match as the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament, having taken 12 wickets alongside a fifer against the Mumbai Indians. The 25-year old had already snared three wickets before bowling the 20th over; however, the tables drastically turned after that. Patel kept missing his lengths and Ravindra Jadeja latched on to those to smash five sixes, carrying his team to 191.
Later, Jadeja took three scalps and fired the Super Kings to a 69-run win. Patel could not make much difference with the bat and had bowling figures of 4-0-51-3. Nevertheless, the purple cap remains with Harshal and his numbers are far from underwhelming. The right-arm seamer has 15 wickets from five games at 11.13; however, his economy rate is slightly on the higher side with 8.35.
Harshal has been a standout performer for us: Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar backs Harshal Patel to learn from the experience, revealing that the pace bowler is quite hard on himself. The former India batting coach stated that the 25-year old will assess his plans and check where he went wrong and whether he might have done something different. Bangar heaped praises on the youngster, claiming that he is an influential player and having the purple cap suggests that he has been integral to RCB’s victories. The 48-year old also reminded that while Harshal had a bad day, he brought them back in the middle overs with those crucial breakthroughs.
“He’ll learn from it, and he is somebody who is very hard on himself. He will obviously assess as to what were his plans which went wrong and whether he could have done something different. Harshal has been a standout performer for us because if you see he is already the Purple Cap holder and he has actually put us in this position because he was instrumental in a lot of wins for RCB, especially in the first four games. Obviously, he had a bad day, but don’t forget, even in the middle overs, he is the one who brought us back into the game,” Bangar said as quoted by virtual press conference.