As every year, the current fourteenth season is the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen tremendous performances from players from different franchises.
From the leading run scorers to wicket takers, many players have impressed everyone with their persistence in the toughest T20 competition in the world. But who could become the “player of the tournament” in a battle of rackets and bowlers?
Well, former cricketer from India Gautam Gambhir has the answer. Gambhir who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles, has chosen Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowler Harshal Patel as “Player of the Tournament” at the IPL 2021.
Chatting with ESPNcricinfo After RCB’s 4-wicket loss to KKR at the Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday, Gambhir highlighted Harshal’s tremendous skill and contribution to his squad during their playoff journey.
Gambhir talked about Harshal’s ability to soar high in pressure situations and deliver for his captain Virat Kohli when he needed a wicket for most of the tournament.
“Look at Harshal Patel today; he bowled the fifth over, which was probably the toughest after Garton went 15-20 in the fourth over … He bowled the fifth over and got the wicket. He bowled to his death and got wickets. So he probably did the hardest thing RCB expected him to do, and he came out with flying colors. No matter how many runs and wickets the players get, he is already the player of the tournament for me. “ said Gambhir.
It is noteworthy that Harshal had a dream run with the ball this year. He finished the competition as the highest wicket taker. The right poor collected 32 scalps in 15 games averaging 14.34 and striking rate 10.56 with a 5-wicket and a 4-wicket haul, including a hat trick.
Gambhir felt that Harshal deserved to play the finals because he was the Challengers’ standout performer. The politician-turned cricketer praised Harshal for taking responsibility for death bowling for RCB, which has always been a concern for the Bangalore-based franchise.
“It’s unfortunate. He deserves to play in the finals. He was the standout performer for her … The way he carried the burden of death bowling for RCB, which was a problem for so many years … him literally handled the pressure single-handedly. Hats off to him, and he had a fabulous, fabulous IPL. “ Gambhir added.