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“Want to be as good as Bumrah…”: Harshal Patel, PBKS pacer

“Want to be as good as Bumrah…”: Harshal Patel, PBKS pacer

May 9, 2024 6:17 PM IST

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) (India), May 9 (ANI): Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Indian pacer Harshal Patel called his ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season an “above average” one and also opened up about their desire to be like the Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and challenging himself to be as good as him.
Harshal has taken 17 wickets in 11 matches this IPL season at an average of 21.29 and best bowling figures of 3/15. His economy rate is 9.78 and is the second highest wicket-taker this season, next to Bumrah of Mumbai Indians (MI), who has 18 scalps.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo before the match against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), Harshal said the season has been “above average” for him and he could have done better in some aspects.
“There are still certain aspects where I could have done better, but overall, when I look at the number of wickets I have picked up, and the situations in which I have picked them and the batters I have bowled out, they have a good performance. Especially this season, it is probably not smart to look purely at the numbers. That is why I would still call it an above-average season,” said Harshal.
Harshal said if his wicket-taking deliveries come from his hand and he bowls them well, he is confident of getting two or three wickets per over, but it is difficult for him to control runs.

“For me it’s about setting up those slower balls the right way and executing them when I know the hitter can make a mistake and I have a better chance of forcing an error. So it wasn’t difficult to pick up wickets The difficulty comes when I have to master because my USP has always been picking up wickets and that is an aspect of the game that I have been working on,” he added.
Harshal said he has figured out what he needs to do to get batters out when he needs to and is working on it. He also said that he wants to be as good as Bumrah because of the low runs he concedes anyway.
“I haven’t been able to do it consistently in the game but I am on the right track and if it all comes together I want to be as good as someone like Jasprit (Bumrah) because we keep talking about bowlers who going nine or 10 at a time and in this IPL there has been one fast bowler (Bumrah) who usually goes for less than six I challenge myself to be as good as him,” he added.
On Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Pat Cummins’ word about doing fine as a bowler with an economy rate of less than ten per over, Harshal said it is not practical to expect a bowler to make just 24 runs in his four overs on the powerplay. and death and benchmarks should change depending on the context, in the case of this season, the high-scoring matches.
“The benchmark you set for bowlers in the way you judge them has to be based on context, right? If there’s a bowler who bowls two overs in advance in the powerplay and two at the death, you can’t expect him to that he bowls his four overs before bowling.” 24 runs. That’s just not practical. The way this season has gone, very high run rates, especially in the powerplay and in the death overs, I would still consider a brilliant spell if you have picked up the ball. a couple of wickets at the right time to get them to 205-210 instead of 220-230. So making a difference of 10-15 runs in the innings is all you are looking for,” he concluded. (ANI)