AB de Villiers has had a massive impact on my career, says Harshal Patel | Cricket News
Harshal had a dream international debut, returning with figures of 2/25 to star in India's seven-wicket series-clinching win over New Zealand in the second T20I here on Friday. He was adjudged 'Man of the Match' for his performance.
His debut coincided with de Villiers announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket.
"AB has had a massive impact on my career. I have always been a silent observer of him," Harshal said at the post match press conference.
"Recently, when we were starting our (IPL) campaign in the UAE, I asked him, 'How do I reduce my big overs? Like I conceded 12-15, even 20 runs, in the IPL, so how should I reduce those?'"
"He told me, 'When a batsman hits your good delivery, you shouldn't change that. You should constantly force the batsman to hit your good deliveries only. If you get hit once on a good delivery, then the batsman expects that you would change it and try another option.'
"That is something that stayed with me throughout the second leg of IPL and will stay with me throughout my career," Harshal said.
The advice seemed to have worked wonders for Harshal, who ended up being the leading wicket-taker of this season's IPL.
The 30-year-old was included in the Indian playing XI on Friday as a forced change after fellow pacer Mohammad Siraj suffered a split webbing during the first T20I.
A USA green card holder, who decided to stay in India on advice of his elder brother, Harshal said: "I was a very impetuous, very impatient person growing up. I learned through experiences, reading books and listening to successful people."
He spoke about the importance of being patient.
"The second lesson, and probably the most underrated thing, is people don't talk enough about patience. I feel progress doesn't happen overnight.
"It's a slow process. It's a gradual process. And if you want to make a change, get better at something, you need to allow yourself enough time to sort of figure that out, how you're going to do that and it's going to take time.
"Being able to decipher wheat from chaff is a skill in itself. It's not something I was born with. It was the ability to differentiate between my skill-set and things that I could not do," he signed off.
November 20, 2021, 6:21 am