Harshal was traded from Delhi Capitals along with Daniel Sams ahead of IPL 2021. RCB had a clear plan for Harshal Patel to bowl in the death overs from the very start. To begin the campaign with, he picked a five-wicket haul against defending champion Mumbai Indians as Royal Challengers Bangalore began their campaign with a win. Read below to know what Harshal Patel said about Virat Kohli.
Harshal Patel Opens Up About Playing Under Virat Kohli’s Captaincy
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for Harshal Patel’s match-winning bowling performance throughout the IPL. Harshal Patel was one of the star performers for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 before BCCI halted the tournament.
In the seven games he played, he had 17 wickets at an average of 15.11. It was skipper Virat Kohli’s confidence in the pacer that kept him moving in crucial situations during the game. Harshal recently opened up on playing under RCB skipper Virat Kohli.
“The moment I was traded, Virat sent me a message, “welcome back, you are going to play here”. That made a big impact on my confidence and I realized this is a team where I can finally showcase all my skills. He gives you the space to do your thing. Even if you don’t execute at times he understands better than anybody that on a batter’s day, if they get hold of a bowler, you are going to go for runs”.
“Whenever we are unable to execute, or we stray from our plans, when we sit for the review the only talk is about what do we do to stay on the path, how do we stay in the mindset to execute more often than not. We don’t let any other noise come into that environment,” said Harshal Patel as quoted by the Hindustan Times.
Harshal Patel consistently took wickets in the tournament but in a few death overs, he was hammered. Overall, he has looked in brilliant form and will look to keep up the good job when the tournament resumes. RCB just require 2 wins to qualify for playoffs and they’ll be really disappointed if the tournament is cancelled as they looked like one of the contenders to win the tournament.