Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel was overjoyed after getting a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Harshal's stupendous bowling display helped RCB in achieving a comprehensive 54-run victory in the hard-fought Indian Premier League (IPL) clash. Harshal Patel (4-17) starred with the ball for RCB and dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar on three consecutive deliveries in the 17th over of the match.
During the post-match presentation, Harshal Patel said, "I was thinking if the batters can't pick my slower balls then the bowlers also will find it difficult to spot (referring to Chahar's wicket that got him the hat-trick). I just bet on that."
"First-time ever I have a taken a hat-trick in my life, I had not done this even in a school game. In IPL, I have been on hat-tricks six times and this is the first time I have gotten it. It will take some time to sink in. He (Pollard) is somebody who can do damage if you bowl in his areas. We wanted to take him wide and then once you drag him wide you have the option to bluff him. That came off really well," Harshal added.
Selection not in my hand: Harshal on not making Indian T20 WC squad
Harshal further said that the selection for the Indian T20 World Cup squad is not in his hands. The Haryana all-rounder made it clear that he only has one goal until he plays cricket, which is to make a positive impact in the game with both bat and ball.
"I don''t have any regret anytime, the decisions I have taken in life have been taken as per my best ability at that time. And when it comes to selection, that is completely out of my hand," he said.
"There is only goal for me, whichever team I play, be it a club or IPL team, or when I will play for the country or when I play for Haryana, I try to put positive impact in the game from whichever situation with ball or bat. That is my goal and it will remain my goal until I play cricket," he concluded.