Former Indian cricket team captain and opener batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that fast bowler Harshal Patel can prove to be the biggest trump card for India captain Rohit Sharma in the T20 World Cup 2022. Former South African cricket team captain Graeme Smith also praised Harshal Patel and said that this Indian fast bowler has all kinds of skills and these all-rounder bowlers are a big asset to his team.
Gavaskar feels it is wonderful for a captain to depend on a player like Harshal Patel. 31-year-old Harshal Patel did very well in IPL 2021 and in the same year he also made his debut for Team India. Since then, in 13 matches he has played for India, he has taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of 8.13. Sunil Gavaskar while talking on Star Sports said that he will be the trump card because you have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are also there.
Gavaskar further said that it is wonderful for a captain that you have a bowler like Harshal Patel and you can depend on him. He can also bowl in the powerplay where bowlers are going with a change in their pace. So yes, definitely he should be in the T20 World Cup group. Let us tell you that Harshal Patel took 7 wickets in four matches of the five-match T20 series against South Africa while bowling at an economy rate of 7.23.
Graeme Smith said about Harshal Patel that he was brilliant against South Africa. He was amazing with the slower hair in the death overs and nobody has that quality. In the third match against South Africa, he got his right length and put the Proteas batsmen under pressure while taking wickets. He has all the skills as an all-rounder bowler and is a big asset to the team under pressure. Handles them very well and bowls very well under pressure.