On Sunday, Royal Challengers Bangalore pace bowler Harshal Patel expressed his jubilant moment after claiming a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians.
Harshal Patel, who is already holding the purple cap in IPL 2021, changed the course of the game completely in the 17th over of Mumbai Indians‘ chase as he dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar to complete his maiden IPL hat-trick.
This was my sixth time on a hat-trick, and this is the first time I have got it: Harshal Patel
RCB bowled out MI for 111 as they got the two crucial points to stay in the third position with 12 points. Harshal Patel mentioned that it was the first hat-trick of his life, and he had not even taken one in his school days.
“First-time ever in my life, literally in my life, I have never taken a hat-trick even in a school game. In the IPL, I have been on a hat-trick almost, this was my sixth time on a hat-trick, and this is the first time I have got it. So, absolutely, I don’t know, it is difficult to explain, but it will take some time to sink in,” Harshal said at the post-match press conference.
“In terms of the team, we are not looking at the points table because, if you look at the points table, then your mind goes away from the process. The difficult thing for us was to overcome this inertia of two losses, which we have done in this game, and we want to continue this momentum, and we want to play this brand of cricket consistently.
When it comes to selection, that is completely out of my hand: Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel is yet to make his debut for India in any of the three formats in the international arena, and he wasn’t selected for the T20 World Cup squad.
Harshal said that he does not have any kind of regrets in his life and the selection is something that is not in his hands. The 30-year-old said his only goal is to bring impact in the game with his performance for whichever team he plays.
“I don’t have any regret anytime. The decisions I have taken in life have been taken as per my best ability at that time. And when it comes to selection, that is completely out of my hand,” Harshal Patel said.
“There is the only goal for me, whichever team I play, be it a club or IPL team, or when I will play for the country or when I play for Haryana, I try to put a positive impact in the game from whichever situation with ball or bat. That is my goal, and it will remain my goal until I play cricket,” he added.
Harshal Patel has scalped 23 wickets from 10 matches in IPL 2021 so far, and he is likely to finish as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker.