IPL 2022 | ‘He didn’t impress anyone bowling’, Ravi Shastri praises Harshal Patel

Ravi Shastri has praised Harshal Patel for becoming a great death thrower in recent years. Harshal kicked two opening overs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their IPL 2022 match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday, March 30 to help them secure a win.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) produced a disciplined bowling performance on Wednesday March 30 to knock out a powerful batting unit of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for just 128 in 18.5 overs, who claimed their first victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Akash Deep and Wanindu Hasaranga did the damage early, but KKR boasts of having a long batting line-up and they were hoping to stage a comeback with Andre Russel between.

It is at this stage that the new skipper of RCB FAF from Plessis used his trump card. Harshal Patelthe IPL 2021 purple cap winner and RCB death bowling specialist, was signed and he started creating problems for Russell the moment he entered the attack.

Harshal threw two opening overs to start the spell, and eventually fired KKR’s dangerous foreign duo of Sam Billings and Russell to shatter KKR’s hopes. The 31-year-old fast thrower finished with numbers of 2/11 as KKR were grouped for a below-average total.

Former India manager Ravi Shastri praised Harshal for developing into a great bowler of death for club and country. “I had talks with him in the Indian team, he knows his bowling. He is confident and he hasn’t impressed anyone bowling. It looked like he was spared for Andre Russell which is a big thing A lot of people can be bullied and intimidated,” Shastri said as quoted by NDTV.

“He (Harshal) was very clear in his mind that he was going to play wide and he will slow down the pace of the ball and see how it goes after that. There has been a big improvement in his bowling and he understands his game and stays simple,” added Shastri.

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