IPL 2021 – Royal Challengers Bangalore


“People are starting to realise that uncapped bowlers are good enough to take responsibilities of death bowling”

For Harshal Patel, being asked to bowl at the death in a T20 game is to be in a “privileged position”, one that he says he has worked hard to earn after being a bit of a journeyman in the IPL since 2012. The first shot at the new responsibility has gone well for him, as he returned 5 for 27 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians, but Patel knows, and understands, that it won’t always be so – “it goes the other way around as well at times”.

“It is one of those aspects of the game where you are in a position to win the game for your team and is a privileged position to be in,” he said in a virtual interaction with the media on Tuesday. “Obviously, it goes the other way around as well at times – it can dent your confidence – but I look at as a privilege and a positive.

“Death bowling is something I’ve worked on for a while for a long period of time, and I am confident enough now to take all that practice into the game.”


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