Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli believes Harshal Patel has solved the team’s death overs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday after the seamer’s bowling masterclass in the champions’ win against Mumbai Indians.
Patel took three wickets in four balls in the 20th over and claimed only one run to help restrict star-run Mumbai to 159-9.
His 5–27 was also the first five wickets any bowler had against a five-time champion, Mumbai, the most successful team in Twenty20 league history.
Patel told broadcaster Star Sports after scoring the winning run for their narrow win in Chennai, the last six overs for us, was probably the best we have ever had.
I think there was a difference in his spell to include those 20-25 runs at the end. He (Bangalore’s designated death bowler) is going to be, and he is missing the responsibility.
Patel’s victims were Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan and Kirron Pollard who formed the league’s most destructive middle-order.
Kohli said that the wickets he took were not wickets.
He really wanted people to hit where they were caught. This was the hallmark of his game, he was very clear in what he wanted to do.
Patel, who troubled the batsmen with his clever mix of yorkers and slow deliveries, said that being told early on his role aided his preparation.
The 30-year-old told reporters, when we first gathered for the camp, I had very clear instructions that I would bowl at least two overs.
This gave me a lot of clarity and confidence to work on my skills and develop plans against the batsmen I am going to face in the death overs in different teams.