While the Indian batting is looking in very good shape and form ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup, the Indian bowling is definitely struggling at this point and although India won a warm-up match against Western Australia XI earlier today, one of India’s first choice bowlers Harshal Patel again proved to be very expensive.
India batted first in the warm-up game today and posted 152 on the board on a tricky pitch. Suryakumar Yadav scored a half-century off 35 balls, while Hardik Pandya chipped in with a useful contribution of 27.
India’s bowling started well in defense of the total, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh did a lot of damage with the new ball. Western Australia was 4 for 12 at one stage in the game and the game was almost done and dusted at that stage itself.
Yuzvendra Chahal later got a couple of wickets too which further added to Western Australia’s misery, but India’s main concern was the way Harshal Patel bowled toward the end of the innings. Death bowling is the reason India has lost a few games recently and Harshal went for plenty of runs in the death overs again.
Harshal Patel also adds to India’s batting depth as he is a handy no. 8 batsman
Apart from the fact that he has regularly bowled in the death overs for India since the last T20 World Cup, another reason why India is picking Harshal is that he can bat too, and adds to India’s batting depth. But, his form is worrying the Indian fans now.
Many Indian fans reacted on Twitter today after Harshal finished with bowling figures of 49 for 1 in his 4 overs. He was, in fact, the most expensive bowler of the practice match from both sides, and the Indian fans were not amused about it at all.
Here is how Twitter reacted after another expensive spell of Harshal Patel –
So is it the right time we panic over Harshal Patel now?
— Sanchit (@sanchitd43) October 10, 2022Advertisement
Most runs conceded in a calendar year in T20Is:
650 – Harshal Patel 🇮🇳 in 2022
637 – Haris Rauf🇵🇰 in 2021
599 – Shaheen Afridi🇵🇰 in 2021
587 – Andrew Tye🇦🇺 in 2018
Harshal's economy of 9.39 so far this year, is the highest among top-30 bowlers of this list.#INDvSAAdvertisement
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 5, 2022
Harshal Patel is the biggest fraud of this century periodAdvertisement
— ex. capt (@thephukdi) October 10, 2022
Another half-century for Harshal Patel even in practice match against farmers batting. He is form of his lifeAdvertisement
— Div🦁 (@div_yumm) October 10, 2022
RCB Blllodd Harshal Patel supremacy is continues even in Australia… Our bowling unit is already weak due to injuries and this guy is in full run machine mode!! Pls god do some mercy on Indian team.!!Advertisement
— Vishal. (@SportyVishal) October 10, 2022
Covered up Harshal Patel Stats 😭😭😭🤣 https://t.co/tB2nmZtFQbAdvertisement
— 🧘♂ (@the_urban_fight) October 10, 2022
Shardul Thakur>>> Harshal PatelAdvertisement
Agree or cry whole night nobody gives you Fu¢k.
— 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝟏𝟖 💫 (@EMmett_45) October 6, 2022
Arshdeep Singh is an elite T20 bowler. Hope he does well & frauds like Bhuvi & Harshal Patel get smashed in the WC 🤘 https://t.co/Y1y3zfUbiO
— Sherlock (@Zallion) October 10, 2022
Harshal Patel scored another cracker of a 50 against Western Australia. Game changer for sure!#T20WorldCup2022
— legendrock31 (@Munnaaaaahhhhh) October 10, 2022
Harshal Patel gave away 18 in the last over to the Western Australia tail? 🙄
— Aritra Mukherjee (@aritram029) October 10, 2022