Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli applauded Harshal Patel, who picked up his maiden fifer.
Royal Challengers Bangalore started with a win in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (RCB) against Mumbai Indians on Friday. Their win mostly came on the back of Harshal Patel who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in T20 cricket and AB de Villiers’ heroics at the end.
However, after the feat, Virat Kohli said that Harshal will be RCB’s designated death bowler in this season. Harshal Patel laid the foundation for the win with his stunning bowling as he dismantled the Mumbai Indians batting line-up in Chennai. Harshal Patel gave away only 27 runs from his quota of four overs. His spell helped RCB restrict the defending champion within 159/9 from their allotted 20 overs.
While chasing 160 for the win, AB de Villiers’ quick-fire knock of 48 helped them register a win on the final ball of the match. After the win, RCB skipper Virat Kohli lavishly praised Harshal Patel as well as AB de Villiers for their heroics in the campaign opener.
“The opposition gets nervous about AB” – Virat Kohli on AB de Villiers
“Harshal is relishing the role. He is going to be our designated death bowler. Very confident about what he wants to bring to the table and as a captain you want someone with that clarity. In T20 cricket that’s all you ask from the bowler. And the wickets that he got weren’t fluke wickets. He actually wanted the guys to hit the ball where he wanted them caught,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Kohli was praised de Villiers and said that what the former South Africa captain can do on slow pitches, not many can do that as well.
“The opposition gets nervous about AB. AB is probably the only one in the team who is so versatile. And what he does on slow wickets, not many can do. In a tricky chase you need experience at the back, and the opposition knows that if he doesn’t get out, the bowlers get in a different headspace,” Virat Kohli concluded.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will next take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, April 14.