Harshal Patel (born 23 November 1990) is an Indian cricketer who has played for his country's national team in Twenty20 internationals (T20I), having made his debut against New Zealand on 19 November 2021. He is a right-arm medium pace bowler who bats right-handed. Patel has played for Gujarat and Haryana in domestic competitions. He has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

Harshal Patel
Personal information
Full name
Harshal Vikram Patel
Born (1990-11-23) 23 November 1990 (age 33)
Chijgam, Navsari, India
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
T20I debut (cap 94)19 November 2021 v New Zealand
Last T20I3 January 2023 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.36
Domestic team information
2012–2017Royal Challengers Bangalore
2018–2020Delhi Daredevils (squad no. 13)
2021–2023Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 9)
2024Punjab Kings
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20I
Matches 67 60 25
Runs scored 1,386 645 77
Batting average 15.75 16.53 12.83
100s/50s 0/5 0/3 0/0
Top score 83 69 18
Balls bowled 10,853 2,572 503
Wickets 232 185 29
Bowling average 23.69 26.77 26.55
5 wickets in innings 12 11 0
10 wickets in match 4 0 0
Best bowling 8/34 7/21 4/25
Catches/stumpings 27/0 13/0 5/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 January 2023

Early life edit

A right-arm seamer with an effective slower ball, Patel took 23 wickets at an impressive average of in the 2008-09 Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy. He later made his one-day debut for Gujarat in 2009–10. Harshal's family had planned to move to USA, but his brother Tapan Patel saw to it that he stayed on in India for the sake of his cricket. Harshal was named in the squad for the 2010 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He was among three players from that squad to bag an IPL contract, with Mumbai Indians. Ignored by the Gujarat selectors for the first-class side, Harshal moved to Haryana and made an immediate impact in his debut Ranji Trophy season in 2011–12, running through Karnataka and Rajasthan with consecutive eight-fors in the quarter-final and semi-final. He was given a contract by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2012 Indian Premier League.[1]

Career edit

Patel debuted immediately against Delhi and then finally rose to fame when he took a five-for in a flat batting track in Bangalore. He backed up an incisive opening spell and wrapped up the tail by taking 3/9 in this last 4.5 overs.[2]

Patel followed up that performance by taking eight wickets for just 34 runs in the next game against defending champions Rajasthan. The opponents were bowled out for 89 and the day finished even with Haryana at 84/8.[3] He became the first Haryana player since 1991 to catch the selectorial eyes with his performances.

In the 2012 IPL auction, Patel was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.[4] In January 2018, Patel was bought by the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the 2018 IPL auction.[5] In January 2021, Patel was traded by the Delhi Capitals to the Royal Challengers Bangalore prior to the fourteenth season of IPL.[6]

On 9 April 2021, in the first match of IPL 2021 while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Patel took 5 wicket-haul (5-27) against the Mumbai Indians. Harshal Patel is first bowler to claim a 5-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians in IPL.[7] This is his best bowling figures in the IPL and he also became the first ever player to take a 5 wicket-haul against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.[8] His 5 wicket-haul also became the third best bowling figures by an uncapped Indian player in the IPL.[9]

On 25 April 2021, in the same IPL season, Patel bowled the joint most expensive over in history of IPL.[10] While playing against CSK, Patel gave away 37 runs in the 20th over while bowling to Ravindra Jadeja (6, 6, N6, 6, 2, 6, 4).[11]

On 26 September 2021, playing against Mumbai Indians, Patel became the third bowler to take a hat-trick, after Praveen Kumar and Samuel Badree for Royal Challengers Bangalore, taking the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar, finishing with the figures of 4/17 in 3.1 overs.[12][13] On 13 October 2021,Harshal was selected among 8 net bowlers for India national cricket team for ICC Men's T20 world cup.

By the end of IPL 2021, Patel ended with 32 wickets, making him the highest Indian wicket taker in a single season and joint-most with Dwayne Bravo.[14]

In November 2021, he was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against New Zealand.[15] He made his T20I debut on 19 November 2021, for India against New Zealand.[16] He took two wickets and was named as the player of the match.[17] He also followed with another fruitful two wicket haul to end the series with four scalps in two appearances.

In the 2022 IPL auction, Patel was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹10.75 crores.[18] He briefly left the bio-bubble following the death of his sister.[19]

In June 2022, he was named in India's squad for their T20I series against Ireland.[20]

Reference edit

  1. ^ ESPNcricinfo Profile ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2012
  2. ^ Karnataka's tormentor Harshal Patel keen to improve ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2012
  3. ^ Game even after day of 18 wickets ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2012
  4. ^ "Harshal Patel profile and biography, stats, records, averages, photos and videos". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  5. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  6. ^ "IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Trade Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams To Royal Challengers Bangalore. Cricket News". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  7. ^ Gupta, Rajarshi (9 April 2021). "IPL 2021:". India Today. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Twitter flooded with memes after Harshal Patel's 3 wickets in last over, maiden five-for in MI vs RCB IPL 2021 match". Hindustan Times. 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  9. ^ "IPL 2021: RCB pacer Harshal Patel creates history, 1st bowler to take 5-wicket haul vs Mumbai Indians". India Today. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Ravindra Jadeja smashes Harshal Patel for record-equalling 37 runs in an over". The Indian Express. 25 April 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  11. ^ "IPL 2021: Sir Jadeja breathtaking Allround performance breaks RCB's winning streak". CriketON. Archived from the original on 25 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Highlights: Harshal Patel takes hat-trick as Virat Kohli's RCB crush Rohit Sharma's MI by 54 runs". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  13. ^ ""Outstanding Use of Variation": Twitter Applauds Harshal Patel After Hat-Trick vs Mumbai Indians". NDTV Sports. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  14. ^ "IPLT20.com – Indian Premier League Official Website". iplt20.com. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Rohit Sharma to captain India in T20Is against New Zealand". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  16. ^ "2nd T20I (N), Ranchi, Nov 19 2021, New Zealand tour of India". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Harshal, openers sparkle as India pocket T20I series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  18. ^ "PL Auction 2022 live updates". Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  19. ^ "IPL 2022: Harshal Patel's sister dies, RCB pacer leaves for home after win against Mumbai Indians". India Today. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Hardik Pandya to captain India in Ireland T20Is; Rahul Tripathi gets maiden call-up". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2022.