Being RCB’s designated death bowler ‘a privilege and a positive’ for Harshal Patel

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Being RCB’s designated death bowler ‘a privilege and a positive’ for Harshal Patel

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“People are starting to realise that uncapped bowlers are good enough to take responsibilities of death bowling”

For Harshal Patel, being asked to bowl at the death in a T20 game is to be in a “privileged position”, one that he says he has worked hard to earn after being a bit of a journeyman in the IPL since 2012. The first shot at the new responsibility has gone well for him, as he returned 5 for 27 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians, but Patel knows, and understands, that it won’t always be so – “it goes the other way around as well at times”.

“It is one of those aspects of the game where you are in a position to win the game for your team and is a privileged position to be in,” he said in a virtual interaction with the media on Tuesday. “Obviously, it goes the other way around as well at times – it can dent your confidence – but I look at as a privilege and a positive.

“Death bowling is something I’ve worked on for a while for a long period of time, and I am confident enough now to take all that practice into the game.”

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