Harshal has selected 17 wickets in just seven games at an average of 15.12
Right-arm speed trader Harshal Patel was discovering the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Harshal has been a part of the T20 extravagance since 2012, but it wasn’t until 2021 that he managed to turn heads with his spectacular performance with the ball.
Play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the couturier started his run with a bang like in Game 1, he took a superb five-wicket blow against defending champions Mumbai Indians. It was a comeback season for the 30-year-old as he was the tournament’s top scorer throughout.
Harshal selected 17 wickets in just seven matches with an average of 15.12. It was a massive turnaround considering that over the past two seasons, the stimulator has been in seven games combined and has only scalped five wickets. The Gujarat native reflected on his performance in the T20 Championship as he touched on the areas that prompted him to improve his game.
Not getting an offer other than Delhi was a kick in the stomach: Harshal Patel
In a conversation with the Hindustan Times, Harshal revealed that the incident that hurt him the most was not receiving any bids outside the Delhi capitals during the IPL 2018 auction. The particular incident hit the crimper hard and he surrendered reckons that his talent was not up to par and that he was not providing the IPL market with what was required.
Since then, the Speed Merchant has tried to change his mindset and worked hard to improve his game and produce stunning performance. “It’s all an individual job, isn’t it?” This is your journey, people will come to give you a hand or give you a few words of confidence but at the end of the day you have to get down to business, be prepared to fail spectacularly.
“That’s what I realized after the last season. Also in 2018, not getting an offer other than Delhi was a kick in the gut. I realized that what I was offering in the market was not interested. I needed to put myself in a position to win games for the team, which I did regularly at the national level. I just needed to have this change in mindset. This is probably what has happened in the last year and a half, ”said Harshal Patel.