Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel. (Photograph Supply: BCCI)

Indian cricketing nice Sunil Gavaskar reckons that quick bowler Harshal Patel might be one in every of India skipper Rohit Sharma’s trump playing cards within the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith additionally hailed Harshal, saying that the Indian quick bowler has all the talents of an all-rounder bowler and that he’s a “large asset” to the workforce.

Gavaskar feels that it’s “good” for a skipper to have somebody like Harshal to depend upon. The 31-year-old, after a collection of fine video games within the Indian Premier League (IPL), has been instrumental for the nationwide workforce since his debut in 2021, choosing up 18 wickets in 13 T20Is at an financial system fee of 8.13.

“He can be one of many trumps playing cards as a result of you’ve gotten Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Bumrah as nicely,” stated Gavaskar, on Star Sports activities. “Good for a skipper to have somebody like him to depend upon, he can are available in and bowl possibly even within the powerplay the place individuals at the moment are going with change of tempo. So sure, he actually ought to be a part of the group,” he added. 

Harshal Patel is a transparent thinker underneath stress: Graeme Smith

In the meantime, Smith stated that the 31-year-old is a transparent thinker and handles stress very nicely. Within the not too long ago concluded T20I collection between India and South Africa, Harshal completed as the best wicket-taker with seven wickets in 4 innings, at an financial system fee of seven.23. 

“He has been glorious. No one expertise within the loss of life overs with the slower balls…however I really feel from sport 3 he discovered his proper size and picked up wickets and stored the stress on the South Africans,” stated Smith. “He has all the talents as an all-rounder bowler and is a giant asset to the workforce and handles stress very nicely and is a transparent thinker underneath stress,” he added. 

Harshal Patel has been probably the greatest Indian bowlers in T20 circuit currently, choosing up 32 wickets in IPL 2021 and 19 wickets in IPL 2022 at an financial system fee of 8.14 and seven.66 respectively for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). His off-cutters and slower deliveries amongst different refined variations have earned him the repute for being a helpful death-over specialist.