UPDATED: April 13, 2021 16:08 IST
Harshal Patel, in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opener against Mumbai Indians, claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in IPL. The uncapped pacer claimed the wickets of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya and Marco Jansen to dismantle Mumbai Indians’ batting and restrict them to 159 for 9.
Patel missed his hat-trick in the final over in Mumbai’s innings but became the first bowler in the history of IPL to take a 5-wicket haul against the 5-time IPL champions. Skipper Virat Kohli said that Patel will be a death overs bowler for RCB and the pacer is all up for the role.
“I’ve always believed that my primary role is making a positive impact for my team. If the captain is confident enough to put me in those important situations, I look at it as a privilege and it is something that I look forward to keeping doing for a long time. And I’m happy that I’m being trusted with the role,” Harshal Patel said in a virtual interaction with reporters on Tuesday (April 13).
About team managements starting to trust uncapped Indian pacers with the death overs role is something that Patel believes is going to become a positive trend in the marquee T20 league.
“Most of the teams, their management, have started looking at how the bowlers are doing in practice games, in training, how good they are at their execution regardless of what their stature is. Whether they are capped players, uncapped players, international players. I think it’s a good trend that people are starting o realise that even the uncapped bowlers are good enough to take responsibilities for death bowling. I think we’ll see more of this going forward,” he said.