Harsha Bhogle thinks the addition of pacer Harshal Patel to the 15 men India roster for the T20I World Cup can be a good idea, since the BCCI can alter India’s 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 till October 10,
The UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season has given fans and experts many topics to debate. From the selection of certain underperforming players like Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar in India’s T20I World Cup squad to the non-selection of some superstars like Yuzvendra Chahal and Shikhar Dhawan, plenty of names have been in discussion.
Harsha Bhogle Feels Adding Purple Cap Holder Harshal Patel To The 15 Men India Team Roster Might Not Be A Bad Idea
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) eligible to make changes in the squad till October 10, a few names top the charts if, at all, the changes are made. Arguably the one that is leading the list is that of Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel.
Even former BCCI selection committee chief, MSK Prasad, asserted that the team is a pacer short, going into the T20 World Cup 2021. However, with Harshal Patel already showing how effective he can be on the UAE pitches, Harsha Bhogle feels adding the right-arm pacer to the 15-man roster might not be a bad idea.
“If the pitches at the #ICCT20WorldCup2021 are going to be similar to these, picking Harshal Patel might not be a bad idea. (Changes allowed till October 10!),”Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
“A horses-for-courses practical selection. What do you guys think?”,Harsha Bhogle tweeted.
Harshal Patel, as a matter of fact, is the purple cap holder in the IPL 2021 season with 29 scalps to his name already. With a 3-wicket-haul against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Wednesday, Harshal Patel also broke Jasprit Bumrah’s record of taking the most wickets in a single IPL season for an Indian. Harsha Bhogle feels Harshal Patel’s addition to India’s squad can bolster the team, especially since the T20 WC is being held in UAE.
Harshal Patel Don’t Have Any Regret For Not Being In India’s T20I World Cup Squad
The 30-year-old pacer isn’t just a quality bowler but can also bat lower down the order, giving his team another incentive. Harshal Patel had recently also claimed a hat-trick for RCB, picking wickets on three successive deliveries against Mumbai Indians. After the match, the Gujarat-born cricketer was also asked about his Indian ambitions.
To which, he said: “I don’t have any regret anytime, the decisions I have taken in life have been taken as per my best ability at that time. And when it comes to selection, that is completely out of my hand.”
“There is the only goal for me, whichever team I play, be it a club or IPL team, or when I will play for the country or when I play for Haryana, I try to put a positive impact in the game from whichever situation with ball or bat.”
With Hardik Pandya yet to resume his role as an all-rounder, it does seem like India needs another bowling option at the T20 World Cup. However, considering Harshal Patel can prove to be handy with the bat too, there’s no denying that the uncapped cricketer fits the bill on various fronts for Team India.
Harshal Patel is the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2021 so far, with as many as 29 scalps in 13 matches averaging an impressive 14. This is his best tally since debuting in IPL 2012. The current Purple Cap holder pacer picked a hat-trick and returned with a four-wicket haul, conceding just 17 runs from his 3.1 over spell against Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians.
Harshal Patel overcame the mark set by Jasprit Bumrah of 27 wickets in the 2020 season. He achieved this feat in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Abu Dhabi. The 30-year-old speedster bagged the wickets of SRH captain Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha, and Jason Holder.