Harshal Patel has been one of the rising names in Indian Cricket after his IPL performance with RCB last season. In 2020 Harshal was with Delhi Capitals and then he was traded to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL 2021.
Harshal Patel’s IPL 2021 performance was commendable. Patel was the highest wicket-taker of the season as he picked 32 wickets, which is the joint-most wickets taker by a player in one season alongside DJ Bravo. Harshal had an average of 14.34, and he had a brilliant skillset and was superb at the death and he has played a major role in taking the RCB side to the Playoffs.
He even took a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. He also won the MVP of the season. Looking at his IPL season, Harshal got selected for Team India for the first time against The New Zealand home series. He got a chance in two matches where his figures were 2-25 and 2-26.
Harshal Patel said that Zaheer Khan’s advice helped him
Before RCB Harshal Patel was with the Delhi side where he got the opportunity to chat with the former left-arm seamer, Zaheer Khan who was with Mumbai Indians.
Harshal Patel said to The Indian Express-
“When I was with DC and we were playing MI, I got a chance to speak with Zaheer Bhai. I have this massive problem of my deliveries drifting down the leg stump, and I spoke to him about it. He spotted an issue with my release angle. With my angle, if I pitch the ball on the off-stump, it will automatically drift to the leg stump.”
Then the 43-year-old had suggested.
“The release angle should target the sixth or seventh stump line and then the ball will hit the off stump, he advised me. A small tip made a massive difference in my consistency and changed me as a bowler,” he said.
This advice may Zaheer helped Harshal a lot and which can be seen by his performance. The skillset which he carries with himself is different from others and has created problems for the batter.