Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has showered praise on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Harshal Patel for bagging a hat-trick against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday in Dubai.
Notably, the right-arm pacer dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar to complete his sensational Hat-trick in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Harshal Patel aka Purple Patel is currently the leading wicket-taker in the 14th edition of the India Premier League (IPL) with 23 wickets under his belt in just 10 games.
That’s What Turned The Game – Sunil Gavaskar On Harshal Patel’s Hat-trick
Speaking with the Star Sports network in the post-match show, former Indian cricketer said that picking a hat-trick in cricket is always a special thing to do. Also, Gavaskar highlighted that dismissing explosive batters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard was very important as they can turn the game around. Also, he showered praise on Harshal Patel for anticipating Kieron Pollard’s next move. Sunil Gavaskar stated:
“A hat-trick is always very special. Getting a wicket is always very special, but getting three in three balls is even more so. The wicket of Pollard was so clever, because he had anticipated Pollard will go outside his crease and then of course, Rahul Chahar, he is not a batsman, we all know that. Getting his wicket was not a big deal.
“But getting those two big wickets of those two big hitters – Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya was so important and that’s what turned the game. Because even at that stage, we knew that these two big hitters can turn the game around.
Meanwhile, the amazing Hat-trick by Harshal Patel helped Royal Challengers Bangalore bowl out Mumbai Indians at a score of 111 while chasing 166 runs. After winning the match by 54 runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained their third spot on the points table with an improved net-run rate.
Talking about defending champions, after the defeat in 3 back-to-back games the Rohit Sharma-led side is sitting at the 7th position in the points table.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) RCB will next square off against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday and Mumbai Indians (MI) will lock horns with Punjab Kings on Tuesday.