Never felt that India jersey was running away from me: Harshal Patel – World Latest News Headlines


Ranchi, November 20

India pacer Harshal Patel, who impressed with his international debut, feels the secret behind his success was realizing his limits and realizing his true potential.

Harshal made his international debut late, as he is about to turn 31.

But the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer bounced back from where he left off with impressive figures of 2 for 25 in the second T20I against New Zealand in his record-breaking IPL 2021 season, which India won by seven wickets. Made invincible by -0. Lead in the three-match series

“I knew I could play at the highest level. I could do well with the ball and the bat as well,” Herschel said in a post-match virtual media conference.

“I was driven to continually get better and realize that potential. I never felt like the dream was running away from me.” Harshal made his senior debut for Gujarat in List A cricket in the same season, after taking 23 wickets at an impressive average of 11 in the 2008–09 Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy.

He also played for India in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and secured an IPL contract with Mumbai Indians.

But it took him some time to play Ranji Trophy as he could not find a place in his home state of Gujarat. He then moved to Haryana, from where his journey began in the 2011–12 season of the Ranji Trophy, where he took 28 wickets to be picked up by RCB.

In the second T20I against New Zealand here on Friday, Herschel picked up the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips in the crucial middle overs when the Kiwis were looking to capitalize on an explosive start.

He was seen using the crease well, making angles and was also smart with his slow deliveries, which gave him the IPL 2021 season’s dream, where he was the joint-highest wicket-taker with 32 scalps. Become. Ended as a tie, which included a Pfeiffer and a hat-trick. Mumbai Indians.

Harshal revealed that he realized his limits after the grind in domestic cricket and worked on his true potential.

He said, ‘As a fast bowler, you want to bowl fast. But then I realized that my speed limit is probably 135kph and if I’m in a really good rhythm I can probably clock around 140.

“But I will never be able to consistently hold over 140. So I realized that and then I started working on other things, other skills that I needed to do well at this level,” he said. said. They said.

Harshal also realized that he had a great lateral force, so he worked his angles to become a skilled bowler, something he learned the hard way in domestic cricket.

“I don’t have correct function bio-mechanically. I have a large lateral flexion at the time of delivery, so I always wanted to get it fixed because we were told you’ll need more if you don’t . Hurts. Do it right,” he said.

“Also, if you have lateral flexion and you can’t find a lot of mounts and all those things, your delivery height also goes down.

“But what I realized after playing domestic cricket for seven-eight years is that the lateral flexibility gave me an angle that was difficult for the batsmen to line up.

“It made my slow delivery more effective. If I talk about red ball cricket, that big angle in the batsman makes me beat when bowling outswingers from very tight lines and straightening the batsmen. Started seeing it as a benefit,” he said.

Harshal said that he worked hard to convert his weaknesses into his strengths and it paid off immensely.

“Angles have always been a big part of my game and I use them to good effect. I guess it’s one more thing that I realized I could be doing with my performance without trying too many different things.” Want to.” I might add to the list.

“So I bowl yorkers close to the stumps, some from the corners of the crease, and it has a huge impact on where the ball lands and where the batsman plays the ball. That’s a big advantage and a big weapon for me.” He concluded. PTI