Harshal Patel recalls valuable advice from AB de Villiers which will stay with him throughout career

On his international debut, Harshal Patel starred with the ball, leading India to a 7-wicket victory over New Zealand. In the three-match series, the hosts have an unassailable 2-0 lead. Harshal showed on his debut that he may be an important component in India’s bowling line for the next T20 World Cup in Australia. The 30-year-old was named Player of the Match for his superb bowling total of 2/25 on a surface that provided little help to the bowlers.

Harshal disclosed his advice from renowned AB de Villiers, who retired from all forms of cricket on Friday. Harshal, who won the Purple cap in the IPL last season, was at the RCB camp with De Villiers and had the opportunity to pick his brain.

“AB has had a significant impact on my professional life. I’ve always kept a respectful distance from him. How do I reduce my big overs?’ I asked him recently as we began our campaign in the UAE. In the IPL, I’ve bowled 12-15, even 20-run overs, so how should I reduce that?’ So he advised me, ‘You shouldn’t adjust your good delivery when a batsman strikes it. You should always make the batsman hit only your good offerings. If you get hit once on a good ball, the batter will be expecting it if you modify it. After winning the Player of the Match award, Patel remarked, “That is something that stayed with me throughout the second leg of the IPL and will stay with me throughout my career.”

On Instagram, the former Proteas captain shared an emotional message about his retirement. De Villiers stated that he used to play the game with pure delight and zest, but that his spark has dimmed. De Villiers played in the IPL 2021 for the final time before retiring. As a result of his failure to win his first IPL trophy, his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, was ousted from the playoffs stage.