New Delhi. Sunil Gavaskar, one of the world’s greatest cricketers, constantly keeps his opinion about the players. Gavaskar believes that pacer Harshal Patel can prove to be the trump card for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith also lauded Harshal, saying the Indian pacer has a lot of talent and is a “huge asset” to the team.
72 years old Sunil Gavaskar feels that it is ‘fantastic’ for captain Rohit Sharma to depend on a player like Harshal. Harshal Patel He performed well in the last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL-2022) and took a total of 19 wickets in 15 matches. He has played 13 T20 matches for the Indian team so far and has taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of 8.13.
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Gavaskar said on Star Sports, ‘Harshal can prove to be the trump card in the T20 World Cup. You also have Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Bumrah. It’s great for a captain to depend on a guy like Harshal, he can make it to the playing XI and bowl in the powerplays where people are going now with a change of pace. So yes, he should definitely be a part of the team.
Meanwhile, Smith said that 31-year-old Harshal handles pressure very well. In the recently concluded T20 series between India and South Africa, Harshal took 7 wickets in 4 innings at an economy rate of 7.23. He was the highest wicket-taker in the series. Harshal Patel took 32 wickets in IPL-2021 while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL-2022, taking 19 wickets in his name. His off-cutter and slow delivery have earned him recognition as a death-over specialist.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 21, 2022, 17:54 IST