|Full name||Harshal Patel|
|Born||23 November 1990|
Sanand, Gujarat, India
|Domestic team information|
|2012–2017||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2018-2020||Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils)|
|2021–Present||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
Source: Cricinfo, 12 January 2021
A right-arm seamer with a big outswinger, Patel took 23 wickets at an impressive average of in the 2008-09 Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy He later made his one-day debut for Gujarat in 2009-10. Harshal's family had planned to move to USA, but his brother Tapan Patel saw to it that he stayed on in India for the sake of his cricket. Harshal was named in the squad for the 2010 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He was among three players from that squad to bag an IPL contract, with Mumbai Indians. Ignored by the Gujarat selectors for the first-class side, Harshal moved to Haryana and made an immediate impact in his debut Ranji Trophy season in 2011-12, running through Karnataka and Rajasthan with consecutive eight-fors in the quarter-final and semi-final. He was given a contract by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2012 Indian Premier League.
Patel debuted immediately against the Delhi and then finally rose to fame when he took a brilliant five-for in a flat batting track in Bangalore. He backed up an incisive opening spell and wrapping up the tail by taking 3/9 in this last 4.5 overs.
Patel followed up that performance by taking a brilliant eight wickets for just 34 runs in the next game against defending champions Rajasthan. The opponents were bowled out for 89 and the day finished even with Haryana at 84/8. He became the first Haryana player since 1991 to catch the selectorial eyes with his performances.
On 9th April 2021, in the first match of IPL 2021 while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Patel took 5 wicket-haul (5-27) against the Mumbai Indians. This is his best bowling figures in the IPL and he also became the first ever player to take a 5 wicket-haul against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL. His 5 wicket-haul also became the third best bowling figures by an uncapped Indian player in the IPL.
On 25 April 2021, in the same IPL season, Patel bowled the joint most expensive over in history of IPL.While playing against CSK, Patel gave away 37 runs in the 20th over while bowling to Ravindra Jadeja (6, 6, N6, 6, 2, 6, 4).
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