IPL 2022: Harshal Patel suffered some disappointing seasons before finally making his way.© BCCI/IPL
Harshal Patel has now made his name as one of the best death bowlers and the batsman struggled to pick the ball slower than his hand. The Royal Challengers Bangalore relied entirely on the pacer to not miss many runs and also take wickets at important intersections of the game. The Pacer has recalled how he was sent home in the middle of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season and he labeled it a “symbol of rejection”.
“I played 5 games in 2016 and then didn’t play anything after that. 2017 again, the same situation. I was also sent home. This often happens earlier because if you take care of the player, there is his hotel room., Daily allowance, you have to take him to practice, book his flight ticket.I remember clearly what happened.Avinash Vaidya called me in the room and he said ‘And (Daniel Vettori) wants to talk to you.And we live at the Ritz-Carlton.So he called I went to the breakfast area and told me ‘We haven’t seen you play for at least 4-5 more games so we sent you home. But we’ll call you back. It’s a sign of rejection, that you’re not on the team, “Harshal said. at Breakfast With Champions.
“Then I thought after 4-5 games, RCB was knocked out, we wouldn’t qualify. So, I texted Vettori saying ‘Give me a game’. That was the first time I really sold myself to anyone. They called me for the last game. and we played in Delhi at Kotla. The first run I bowling lasted for 14-15 runs and then the restlessness subsided. I said ‘I’ve already been beaten for 15 runs, how much worse can it happen?’ “Then I finally picked three wickets and won the game for the team. I was the Best Player in the game. And then next year is the 2018 auction,” he added.
Harshal Patel was traded by Delhi Capitals to Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 2021 IPL season. The rider went on to take 32 wickets and he was the Purple Hat winner.
RCB then bought Harshal for Rs 10.75 crore in the IPL 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru.
In the current season, Harshal has picked up nine wickets in seven games with his best figure being 2/11.
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