Since I can’t play at a fast pace, I have to keep developing my skills: Harshal Patel | Cricket News



RAJKOT: Lacking the pace of Umran Mailk, India’s middle guard Harshal Patel feels he must continue to improve his ‘variations’ game to prolong his budding international career.
Harshal had made his India debut after the T20 World Cup last November and over six months in international cricket, the 31-year-old has 17 wickets in 11 games at an average of 19.52.

Slower pitches suit his style of bowling more and that was evident in the last two games after the hammering he got on a real Kotla surface in the series opener.
A shrewd operator, Harshal knows very well how to remain efficient under extreme pressure despite his limits.
“To be honest, people have tried to anticipate what I’ve been playing for the last two years (in IPL). With every bowler, the longer they bowl, the opposition will realize what the bowler’s strengths and patterns are.
“As a bowler, my job is to stay one step ahead of them. At the end of the day you can have 15 shots, but on a particular day in a pressure situation, if you don’t go out and don’t run confidently, not everything falls into place.
“My goal is to try to execute the best possible delivery at that time,” he said ahead of the fourth T20 against South Africa.
The RCB bowling stalwart relies heavily on his variations to outsmart batters and he says it’s something he needs to constantly develop.
“I can’t worry about the pace because I can’t play as fast as Omran Malik. I have to develop skills to be effective at the international level. I’ve never been an express fast bowler although on a good day I can hit close to 140 km/h.
“My goal has always been to develop skills around my bowling game and whatever limitations and advantages I have in my bowling game.
“I would definitely prefer to pay on slow wickets. It gives you a fighting chance. If you can keep playing on grounds like Delhi, it can hurt your confidence a bit.
“We have bowlers who can bowl on all courts, but it gets them more into the game when there are slightly slower courts and slightly larger court sizes,” he said.


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