IPL 2022, LSG vs RCB: Harshal Patel wants to play in difficult situations | Cricket News


KOLKATA: Harshal Patel, one of the architects of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s victory over Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday, said he loved playing under pressure, while the bowler praised Rajat Patidar, who marked a century in the Eliminator game.
He said he always wanted to test himself under pressure by playing boules.
“I want to play in difficult situations. Whether I would be able to deliver or not, I really don’t know, I can’t say. But I want to be in those situations, there’s no doubt about it and I wanted to do this for 2-3 years, I’ve been doing this for Haryana, and I wanted to do this on a bigger stage and I will continue to put myself in this situation,” Patel said in the post-match press conference.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 14 points in the IPL 2022 Eliminator clash here at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Calling Rajat Patidar, whose unbeaten century led RCB to victory, a “special player”, said Patel: “The way he played, I really don’t need to say anything. We have seen that caliber in practice matches. Even last year when he was with us, he had a few opportunities but couldn’t do justice to his talent and caliber. We knew he was a special player.When he came on as a substitute this year, we seemed determined.
In this year’s mega auction, Patidar remained unsold in IPL 2022, but due to an injury to one of RCB’s players, he got a chance this season as a substitute.
Patel injured his right hand in a game against Gujarat Titans.
Speaking about his injury, he said: “Luckily I didn’t have to alter my skills as the skin healed nicely on the surface. So I was able to play my slower deliveries and whatever I wanted to play. We tried everything in training yesterday and I did 30-40 deliveries I was pretty confident it would hold as long as I didn’t have another impact I didn’t have to make any changes luckily it healed.
There was a time when the Super Giants needed 35 runs on 18 deliveries and that’s when Harshal struck. “I was nervous because you’re defending 35 of 18. When there was a wide and they got six runs, I realized the yorker wide didn’t pass today. So I thought that it was better to follow the plan that worked for me in the first two overs. The idea was to get KL and Stoinis out, luckily it worked,” he added.
RCB will now face Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahemdabad on Friday for a place in the final against Gujarat Titans.

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