Harshal Patel(born 23 November 1990) is an Indian cricketer who plays for Haryana in Domestic Cricket and plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
|Full Name||Harshal Vikram Patel|
|Date of Birth||23 November 1990|
|Birth Place||Sanand, Gujarat, India|
|Batting Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx)||175 cm|
5’ 9” Inches
Haryana, Royal Challengers Bangalore, India A, North Zone, Delhi Capitals, India B
|Harshal Patel IPL team||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Debut||First Class Debut:|
Haryana vs Delhi on November 03, 2011
List A Debut:
Maharashtra vs Gujarat at Rajkot on February 15, 2009
Punjab vs Haryana at Rohtak on October 20, 2011
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals on Apr 07, 2012
|Career Turning Point||His impressive performances in 2019-20 domestic season and his brilliance with the ball in IPL 2021 for Royal Challengers Bangalore can be called his career turning point|
|Jersey Number||9(IPL), 13(Domestic)|
|College||H.A. College Of Commerce, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Family||Father- Vikram Patel (Works with Prime Flight Aviation)|
Mother- Darshna Patel (Works at Dunkin Donuts)
Siblings- Not Known
|Hobbies||Listening to music|
|Favourite Cricketers||Sachin Tendulkar|
Harshal Patel’s journey to the domestic circuit is very inspiring as he could have been shifted to the USA with his family but Harshal decided to stay in India and pursue his dream of playing the sport on the advice of his coach Tarak Trivedi. Harshal Patel showcased his skills in the 2008-09 Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy by picking up 23 wickets with an average of 11. His impressive performances in the tournament also earned him his selection in the stateside.
He made his List A debut for his state team Gujarat against Maharashtra on February 15, 2009. Patel was also part of the 2010 U-19 World Cup which was played in New Zealand. His impressive stint in U-19 cricket also earned him an IPL contract with the Mumbai Indians.
Unfortunately, unable to find his place in the Gujarat side, Patel moved to Haryana and started playing for them. He made his first-class debut against Delhi in the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy on November 3, 2011. He impressed everyone with his performances against Karnataka and Rajasthan in the quarter-finals and semifinals respectively. He picked up a total of 28 wickets in the season. Even after performing consistently for years in the domestic circuit, Patel was unable to make his mark on the big stage.
Patel had a brilliant 2019-20 domestic season where he broke records by picking up 52 wickets in 9 games in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy. He was brilliant in the T20s as well as he opened the innings for his team and scored 374 runs at an impressive average of 31.75 in his 12 games and continued his impressive show with the ball as well.
Harshal Patel is a mix of both youth and experience and his abilities with both bat and ball show his class and talent.
Harshal Patel IPL Career
After Patel’s impressive performances in the U-19 circuit, he was picked up by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2010 IPL for INR 8 lakhs. Patel warmed the bench the whole season. Later, In 2012 Patel was moved to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made his IPL debut on 7th April 2012 against Delhi Capitals. Patel was not the regular member in the playing 11 and was in and out of the team regularly.
He finally made his mark in the 2012 IPL season where he played 15 games for the franchise and picked up 17 wickets. Later, In 2018 Patel was traded to the Delhi Capitals. Patel did give some impressive performances with the ball but was again not a regular member in the playing XI. Patel was released by the franchise in 2021 and was traded to his former team Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It was his breakthrough season as he picked up 5 wickets in the first match of the season itself against Mumbai Indians on 9th April 2021 and ended his spell with figures of 5/27 in his 4 overs. Patel was also the leading wicket-taker in the tournament by picking up 17 wickets in 7 games before the tournament got suspended due to Covid-19.
So far, Patel has picked up 63 wickets in his 55 games at an economy rate of 8.81. His impressive performances in the 2021 IPL season make him an integral part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the coming years.
Lesser Known Facts about Harshal Patel
- Harshal Patel is a green card holder in the USA. His family migrated to the US way back in 2005, but Patel stayed back in India to pursue his dreams
- He started his cricketing journey under his coach Tarak Trivedi at the age of 8
- In 2008, Patel was part of the Aggressive Cricket Club and played in a Cricket League of New Jersey.
- Patel picked up 23 wickets in the 2008-09 Vinoo Mankad Trophy.
- In 2008, he made his List A Debut for Gujarat against Maharashtra in the 2008-09 Vijay Hazare Trophy
- He was also the part of the 2010 ICC U-19 World Cup which was played in New Zealand
- Patel later played for Haryana in the domestic circuit after not getting many opportunities for Gujarat
- In 2010, he was picked up by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL player auction for INR 8 lakhs.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore picked him in both the 2011 and 2012 IPL player auction.
- He was later picked up by Delhi Capitals in the 2018 IPL auction for his base price of INR 20 lakhs
- In 2021, he was traded to his former team Royal Challengers Bangalore
- He came into the limelight by picking up his first five-wicket haul in T20 cricket against Mumbai Indians in the first match of IPL 2021. He ended his spell with figures of 5/27 in his 4 overs.