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harshal patel on ab de villiers retirement: IND vs NZ Ranchi 2T20 Player Of The Match Harshal Patel Recalls AB De Villiers’ Advice

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harshal patel on ab de villiers retirement: IND vs NZ Ranchi 2T20 Player Of The Match Harshal Patel Recalls AB De Villiers’ Advice

Highlights

  • Harshal Patel made his debut in the second T20 against New Zealand in Ranchi.
  • He took 2 wickets for 25 runs in the first match, Patel was the player of the match.
  • AB de Villiers, who was Patel’s partner in RCB, has retired only yesterday
  • Harshal Patel said- De Villiers has a great influence on me

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Harshal Patel, who made his debut in the Ranchi T20I against New Zealand, is heavily influenced by former South African batsman AB de Villiers. Patel said that he had been watching de Villiers silently and left a deep impression on his career. Patel and de Villiers have played together in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). De Villiers announced on Friday that he is retiring from all forms of cricket.

In a video, de Villiers thanked the RCB management and his ‘friend’ Virat Kohli. De Villiers has played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs. He is the second highest run scorer after Virat Kohli.

When we were starting our campaign in UAE, I asked him (de Villiers) ‘How do I reduce my big overs? I have bowled 12-15 even 20 overs in IPL so how can I reduce them? So he told me, ‘When a batsman hits your good ball, you shouldn’t change. You must constantly force the batsman to hit only your good deliveries. If you make changes after hitting a good ball, the batsman is expecting the same. This is something that has always been on my mind during the second phase of IPL and will remain with me throughout my career.

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About Harshal Patel, AB de Villiers

Couldn’t have expected a better debut: Patel
Patel took 2 wickets for 25 runs in his quota of 4 overs in the first T20I match. He was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ due to his brilliant bowling. He is the fifth Indian player to win the Man of the Match award in his first T20I match. Patel said, ‘Could not have expected a better debut than this. Progress is gradual and for a player who is not so talented like me.

The ball from Bhubaneshwar that removed the arrogance of the Kiwi batsman

On Harshal Patel’s debut, captain Rohit Sharma said, ‘Harshal Patel has done this many times, he has been playing first-class cricket for many years. He knows what he wants to do.’

Harshal-Patel_AB De Villers

Harshal Patel will remember that thing about de Villiers for life

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