Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel finished with 32 wickets, the joint-most with Dwayne Bravo for the most in a single season of the Indian Premier League.
IPL 2021: Harshal Patel dismissed both KKR openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill in the Eliminator (PTI Photo)
- Harshal Patel finished IPL 2021 with 32 wickets from 15 games at a strike rate of 10.56
- Harshal equalled Dwayne Bravo’s 2013 record for the most wickets a single IPL season
- Harshal is also the only bowler to bag a hat-trick in IPL 2021 and 3rd to pick a five-for
Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Harshal Patel came tantalisingly close to breaking a long-standing Indian Premier League (IPL) but fell 1 wicket short as his team crashed out of the 2021 season after a 4-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday.
Harshal picked up 2 for 19 from his 4 overs to finish his IPL 2021 campaign with 32 wickets and equal Dwayne Bravo’s record for the most scalps in a single season. The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder had achieved the amazing feat in the 2013 season which Harshal has not equalled.
The right-arm pacer had the chance to better Bravo’s record in his final over when Sunil Narine top-edged his slower delivery towards mid-on but Devdutt Padikkal dropped the catch.
Harshal is the only bowler to pick a hat-trick this season, against Mumbai Indians in Dubai last month. He is also one of three to pick a five-wicket haul (5 for 27) this season alongside Punjab Kings’ Arshdeep Singh (5 for 32) and KKR’s Andre Russell (5 for 15)
Harshal’s performance meanwhile, went in vain as KKR chase down 139 against RCB with 4 wickets in hand and 2 balls to spare to set up Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals on October 13.
The match proved to be Virat Kohli’s final one as RCB skipper. Kohli, who took over as RCB’s full-time captain in 2013 from Daniel Vettori, had said midway during the season that he would give up captaincy after completing of IPL 2021.
It was a disappointing end to one of the most-talked-about captaincy tenures in the IPL as Kohli finished without a trophy despite having led the franchise for 8 seasons.
The defeat also meant RCB have exited the IPL for the second successive time in the Eliminator after showing flashes of brilliance throughout the season. RCB were knocked out by SRH after 5 successive losses in the IPL 2020 Eliminator in the UAE.
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