Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj. (Photo: Twitter)

Last Update on: March 28th, 2023 at 10:41 pm

MI are going to clash against RCB on 2nd April at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. MI had a disastrous IPL 2022 where they finished at the bottom of the points table. RCB speedster Harshal Patel would be tested as bowling at the death overs won’t be easy at their home ground. Harshal Patel has been the silent assassin for the last couple of years for the franchise.

RCB had a promising IPL 2022 despite Virat Kohli’s scratchy form where skipper Faf du Plessis marshalled his troops smartly. RCB this time have got two quality all-rounders present in the team in the form of Wanindu Hasaranga & Michael Bracewell who will have to play the role of finisher.

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You can’t really judge how much the batter has moved- Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel had an interaction with ESPNcricinfo & spoke about the DRS for wides & no balls. Harshal Patel pointed out that there are a lot of loopholes in reviewing a decision.

“Technology can definitely be helpful in situations where you can separate black and white. But these balls are always going to be grey, especially wide-ball lines. Because you can’t really judge how much the batter has moved, whether the ball was within his reach, the angle of the delivery,” said Harhsal Patel.

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“There’s going to be a huge difference in where the ball finishes between a right-hander bowling the same [ball] a couple of inches outside the wide line and a left-hander bowling from over the stumps a couple of inches outside the wide line. When the [right-hand] batter tries to reach, it’s always going to be wider when he plays the left-hander, [and] it’s always going to be closer when he plays the right-hander,” he added.

“I don’t know how many of these factors will be taken into account when making decisions. Obviously, they can’t take a lot of these factors into account because that will consume a lot of time. In my humble opinion, this doesn’t solve the problem. You have to call it the human factor in the game and move on,” he added.

The other thing is you get only two reviews- Harshal Patel

Harshal Patel was quite confused about whether the wide lines would be taken into account when the batter changes his batting position. Harshal Patel was also quite worried about whether the umpire’s call would be taken into account during the DRS.

“The other thing is you get only two reviews, right? Do you really want to use a review on a marginal call, which may or may not go in your favour, as opposed to use it in a situation where you can get the batter out,” said Harshal Patel.

“But if you have a review in hand and you are bowling at the death, a phase where fast bowlers tend to bowl wide yorkers outside the off stump? For sure – 100% (when asked whether he would force the captain during the death overs for a wide ball),” he added.

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