Gayle was simply outstanding: Patel

RCB pacer lauds his team’s batting effort against DD in must-win game

New Delhi 18 May 2012
With over 400 runs being scored, it was a night for batsmen to make merry at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium today. Although he ended up on the winning side, Royal Challenger’s Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel also went for runs as his team successfully defended 215 against the Delhi Daredevils.

The youngster returned with figures of 4-0-33-0 at an economy rate of 8.25. On a night when most bowlers got the stick from the batsmen, Patel, encouraged by Zaheer Khan, braved the onslaught.

Excerpts from his brief interview with

On the win, which keeps RCB’s playoff hopes alive

It was a very good win and it was a must-win game and we batted superbly. Chris [Gayle] was just outstanding. I have never seen someone bat like this in my career. It was fantastic and it was a solid team effort. We defended 215. It was a superb track to bat on, so we are very happy.

On whether the win against DD earlier in the tournament gave any confidence going into this match

That was [in our] first game of the tournament. After that, a lot of things have happened, so we didn’t remember that match. We were taking it one ball at a time and focusing on that.

On Virat Kohli getting back amongst runs

He was always batting well in the nets. It was just a matter of one good knock. He is someone who can fire at anytime.

On what Zaheer Khan was telling him between deliveries when he was going for runs

Every single ball he comes to me and bucks me up and tells me, “You are doing well, just keep on bowling. Keep on bowling with the same intensity.” He has been great help.

On the influence of Zaheer Khan

Everything, whatever I have done well in the IPL is because of Zaheer bhai. He has supported me throughout from the first game till today. So, a big thanks to him.

On particular advise that has helped

He just tells me to keep it simple. Don’t try anything fancy; just let the batsman take the risk and stick to your plan.

On the 400-odd runs being scored on the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket

It was a fantastic track to bat on, and also, the ground is very small. [...]

On sharing the dressing room with legendary bowlers like Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori and Muttiah Muralitharan

Fantastic! It is a fantastic feeling and I have learnt a lot in the past two months and I am looking forward to winning the IPL.

On whether their next match against the bottom-ranked Deccan Chargers gives them more hope of winning

Definitely. But at the same time, every team is dangerous in the IPL and we have seen this throughout the game. So, we are not complacent, we are just positive and taking it one game at a time.
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