Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel credited his skipper Virat Kohli for supporting him in the IPL 2021. The 30-year-old seamer impressed everyone with his bowling and made his mark in the Indian Premier League. Harshal shone the brightest among all the premier bowlers in the league. The pacer was enjoying his impressive form in the IPL 202. However, the 14th season of the Indian Premier League was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in its bio-bubble.
Speaking about his performance in the 14th IPL season, Harshal Patel has opened up about how Virat Kohli motivated him to deliver the goods for the team. The current Purple Cap holder of the postponed IPL 2021 had disclosed that Virat Kohli made an immediate impact when the Royal Challengers Bangalore signed him. Talking about Kohli's captainship, the pacer said that the charismatic captain of the RCB gives bowlers the much-needed space to do their thing on the crease. Harshal also added that Virat Kohli understands the situation of his bowlers when batters dictate the terms.
Harshal Patel is the Purple Cap holder of the 14th IPL season
In just seven games for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Harshal Patel managed to scalp 17 wickets. The leading wicket-taker of the 14th season also has a healthy lead over second-placed Avesh Khan. Khan has picked up 14 wickets from 8 matches. Talking about RCB's performance in the 14th IPL season, it looked that the team would finally end their title drought this year. However, RCB is one of the three IPL teams that have not yet grabbed the trophy. The team has registered five wins from seven matches. Virat Kohli and crew are placed third in the points table with 10 points.
The Indian cricket team will now rest for a few days before the entire squad departs for the United Kingdom to play the ICC World Test Championship Final against New Zealand. The final of the WTC is going to be played in a bio-secure bubble at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The final, which was eventually supposed to take place in Lord's ground in London, was shifted to the Rose Bowl in Southampton owing to COVID-19 restrictions. It will be played from June 18-22, with 23 being a reserve day. New Zealand was the first side to make it to the ICC World Test Championship final. India then joined the Black Caps following their series win over England.