Faf du Plessis and Harshal Patel
Faf du Plessis and Harshal Patel. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

RCB skipper Faf du Plessis has defined what makes medium-pacer Harshal Patel a trump card of their facet after his unbelievable performances within the loss of life overs helped them in making it to the Qualifier 2 with a formidable 14-run win over the Lucknow Tremendous Giants within the Eliminator of IPL 2022 on the Eden Gardens.

Heaping reward on Patel’s capacity to ship below crunch conditions, Faf stated that the Gujarat bowler is his go-to bowler whom he turns towards each time he feels the stress. Patel completed with figures of 1/25 from his 4 overs and whereas he picked the one wicket of Marcus Stoinis, he was very economical with the ball in hand.

A particular card you pull out: Faf du Plessis on Harshal Patel

“He’s a joker within the pack, isn’t he? A particular card you pull out,” Du Plessis advised Star Sports activities after the sport.

“Greater than something, it’s the time that he bowls. He’s a high-pressure-time bowler. Each single time I really feel the stress is probably the most, I am going to him. He has even requested for it. In certainly one of my first conversations with him, he stated, ‘I need to bowl the essential overs.’ That confidence speaks for itself. So, in the present day to bowl the essential overs and particularly that second-last [third-last] one, to vary the sport virtually singlehandedly, [it was] superior”, he added.

With a well-set skipper KL Rahul and the hard-hitter Stoinis out within the center, LSG appeared to be cruising in direction of a straightforward win with simply 41 runs wanted off 18 deliveries and that was when Gujarat pacer was given the ball. Despite the fact that he gave a large and bowled one other huge supply which went for 4 beating the keeper, the medium-pacer held his nerves and accounted for the Australian after deceiving him twice. Finally, Harshal ended up conceding simply eight runs from that over.

That over proved to be the turning level and LSG skipper was dismissed within the very subsequent over by Josh Hazlewood with the stress of matching up with the steep asking price. Patel then went on to concede simply 9 runs within the remaining over, however a victory was already a foregone conclusion for LSG by then.