The latest sensation in IPL, Harshal Patel has taken the IPL 2021 by storm. He has been brilliant in this season and this was not expected from him by anyone even in the slightest but it was the RCB management that has backed him to bring the best out of him. He has been near unplayable at death overs in IPL 2021.
Harshal Patel has the reputation of an all rounder as he can contribute with both bat and ball. He has 170 runs with the bat in 62 matches and that is because of the fact that he was largely underutilized with the bat. He has 76 wickets in the same number of games at an economy rate of 8.65 and has a five wicket haul.
Lets take a look at the statistics of Harshal Patel IPL bowling career since 2012 when he made his debut for RCB.
Harshal Patel was traded from Delhi Capitals to RCB ahead of IPL 2021 auction. Delhi Capitals decided to give away Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams to RCB in an all cash deal to the 2 time runners-up. It proved to be a massive signing in the history of the IPL in hindsight. Harshal Patel played just 2 games for DC in IPL 2020 and picked 3 wickets.
Harshal Patel with 30 wickets in IPL 2021 has went past Jasprit Bumrah who had 27 wickets for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 to become the Indian bowler with most wickets in an IPL season. This is no small feat by any means. Although conditions were in favor of Harshal Patel in this season, one cannot look past this magnificent season that Harshal Patel has had.
Harshal Patel IPL team debuted for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the year 2012 where he is breaking records at the moment. He was signed for 20 Lakh rupees under non-capped players category. He did have a reasonable start to his IPL career after having picked 12 wickets in 9 games at an economy rate of 8.29. He has improved a lot since then and the results is for everyone to see.
Harshal Patel IPL record holds the record for most wickets by an Indian seamer in a single IPL season. He has 30 wickets in 14 games already and he can play another 3 games in this season potentially. This might take his wicket tally well above 32 wickets which is the most by any bowler in an IPL season which is currently held by Dwayne Bravo who did it for Chennai Super Kings.
Harshal Patel has a lot of limitations with respect to his skillset with the ball but still he manages to pick wickets consistently and it is mainly because of the amount of dip he gets on his slower balls. He along with Mustafizur Rahman and Dwayne Bravo have this type of slower deliveries. Obed McCoy is another one who has this unplayable slower dipping ball. This is the major reason behind his succesful IPL 2021.