A brave right-arm medium fast bowler from Haryana who has risen from the ranks of domestic cricket to join the IPL’s window. Harshal Patel’s path hasn’t been smooth, and he’s hoping for a breakout season in 2020, nearly ten years after first being selected for the IPL.
In the 2008-09 Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Harshal Patel took 23 wickets at a remarkable average of 11. In 2009-10, he made his one-day debut for Gujarat. He was also a member of the ‘India Under-19′ team for the ‘2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup,’ but did not participate.
Harshal moved to Haryana after being overlooked by the Gujarat selectors for the first-class team. In his first Ranji Trophy season in 2011-12, he made an instant impression, running through Karnataka and Rajasthan with consecutive eight-fors in the quarter-final and semi-final.
Harshal Patel had an incredible Ranji Trophy season, taking 52 wickets in nine games and breaking a 36-year-old Haryana record.
In the recently concluded Ranji season, the Ahmedabad-born cricketer also made 292 runs at an average of 22.46 while batting mainly at No. 8. Patel opened in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring 374 runs at an average of 31.17 in 12 games.
In the 2010 Indian Premier League auction, Mumbai Indians paid Rs. 8 lakhs for him, but as luck would have it, Patel never got a chance to show his worth.
In 2012, the 29-year-old joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. In the franchise setup, he was still often seen as a back-up seamer, rather than a first-choice selection. He did not appear in the 2013 IPL, but the franchise bought him back for INR 40 lakh in the 2014 player auction. He appeared in 15 matches and took 17 scalps in the 2015 season, which was perhaps the pinnacle of his career.
The Delhi Capitals signed him in 2018. Harshal Patel, a 29-year-old seamer who has been a reliable performer for Haryana in first-class cricket, was one of the few players retained by Delhi Capitals ahead of the IPL 2020 season.
He has 43 wickets in 43 IPL matches and will be looking for more opportunities to prove his true potential under Ricky Ponting’s guidance.
Harshal has a Green Card from the United States. His family moved to the United States in 2005, but he remained in India to pursue his dream of being a cricketer. He joined the Aggressive Cricket Club in 2008 and played in the New Jersey Cricket League (CLNJ).