IND vs WI: Harshal Patel Revealed How He Got a Special Welcome From Rohit and Dravid on His Debut
IND vs WI: The white-ball series between India and the West Indies is about to start. It will start on February 6 with three ODIs and then both teams will play three T20Is. The BCCI has already selected the teams for both the ODIs and T20Is. There are some new faces in the team this time around. Harshal Patel, the purple cap holder of IPL 2021, is part of the upcoming T20Is against the West Indies starting on February 16.
Harshal was part of the T20I home series against New Zealand last year. And he showed one and all with his performance why he was so successful in IPL 2021. Indian pacer has revealed that on his debut, how Rohit and Rahul welcomed him into the team. Seeking best cricket betting tips? then do check it here in our site.
IND vs WI: How Rohit and Rahul helped Harshal on his debut!, Harshal Patel
The Indian pacer played two matches in the T20I series against New Zealand last year. And he looked impressive in his debut series. Harshal took 4 wickets in two games with a decent economy of 7.28. Harshal shared with Star Sports how Rohit guided him on his debut. When asked about Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, he said,
“He [Rohit Sharma] will basically give you the ball and if he has confidence in you, he will not tell you about what to do. ‘You know what to do, just go and do it’. So, he is really good as captain and I really enjoy playing under those captains. I have my plans- Plan A, B, C so even when I get hit, I know what to do. I don’t like a lot of outside input and he fits in that personality as a captain. He is very relaxed and gives you the freedom.”
The T20I home series against New Zealand last year was the first series at home as a full-time head coach for Rahul Dravid. Former RCB pacer also revealed about Rahul Dravid as well as about the conversation he had before his debut. Harshal said, Looking for top betting apps for android? then check it here.
“We know that you are very confident bowler. We know what you want to do, you can or cannot do. I just want you to go out there and express yourself and enjoy the moment. We are going to back you no matter what.”
Some important stats of Harshal Patel
- Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Harshal Patel for Rs 20 Lakhs in IPL 2021. And that season changed his life completely. Harshal Patel has kept his base price of INR 2 crores in the 2022 auction and there are numbers of franchises who could offer him more than that.
- Harshal Patel was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL 2021 with a total of 32 wickets. And now he is the joint highest wicket-taker in one season of the IPL with DJ Bravo. Harshal took 32 wickets in 15 matches.
- He was the best Indian pacer in the IPL 2021 season. He became the first Indian to take a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians with a five-wicket haul. No bowler has done this against MI.
- Harshal who played his first T20I against New Zealand, had a dream start to his career. He took four wickets in just two games against the Kiwis.
- The decision of Royal Challengers Bangalore to release Harshal ahead of the IPL 2022 auction was a surprise. But there are many teams that can enter into a bidding war to get the Indian pacer. However, RCB would love to have him back.
- Harshal has 78 wickets so far in the IPL in 63 games. He can also smack some balls lower down the order. He has scored 187 runs at a decent strike rate of 134.5.
- Harshal is preparing for the upcoming T20I series and this will be a great chance for the pacer. BCCI has already given rest to Bumrah and Shami. So if he performs well, he could cement his place in the team.
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