Royal Challengers Bangalore simple pacer Harshal Patel© BCCI/IPL
Harshal Patel is a well -known name in the dressing room of Royal Challengers Bangalore now. He took the IPL record of 32 wickets in the 2021 season and that prompted the franchise to pay Rs 10.75 crore to reclaim the player’s services in the IPL mega auction earlier this year. Harshal has yet to reach last season’s highs in the 2022 IPL but he has done a consistent job for his team in the death rounds.
Harshal started his career in the IPL with RCB in 2012, before moving to another team. During a conversation with cricket host Gaurav Kapur in his show ‘Breakfast with the Champion’Harshal spoke of an incident from his early years when he did not listen to the advice of a former Indian paceman and was beaten for six.
Harshal revealed that former Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan was his mentor at RCB at the time and in the match he had asked Harshal not to do a slower pass but Harshal went ahead and threw one and hit for six and it led to some tough words from Zaheer.
“We were playing in Pune and he asked me not to do a slower pass but I shot one shot to Uthappa and he hit me for six shots in the middle of the wicket. He approached me and among all the things he said he also told me ‘I am has asked you not to include slower deliveries ’,” Harshal revealed.
The T20 Indian also talked about meeting Zaheer Khan last season and said that Zaheer asked him not to change much in his bowling as he was doing a good thing.
Patel has picked up 11 wickets in 8 T20Is for India since making his debut last year in the series against New Zealand and at current performance it looks like he could be part of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup later this year.
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