Harshal Patel was designated as the death over specialist for the Bangalore side when he was brought back into the fold in 2020 and he wowed everyone with his variations and slower balls. Two back-to-back amazing seasons in the Indian T20 League paved the way for his debut for India.
Harshal Patel had a good debut series against New Zeeland and did well for India until he picked up an injury recently and now is making a comeback since his injury. He has not had a good series against Australia.
Harshal Patel has been under tremendous pressure as he didn’t fare well against Australia. He gave away 49 runs in the first game at Mohali where India lost and then he had another horrible outing in the shortened game at Nagpur where he gave away 32 runs from just 2 overs.
Harshal Patel had a comparatively better performance in the third game as he bowled 2 overs for 18 runs one.
Despite that, Rohit Sharma backed Harshal Patel to the hilt and said that it was not right to judge him on just three games since he was making a comeback after injury.
It is not easy to make a comeback after Injury – Rohit Sharma on Harshal Patel
“Coming back from an injury is never easy. He missed cricket for close to two months. Whenever bowlers go through an injury phase and come back, it’s never easy, so we’ve not really judged him on how he has performed in these three games because we know his quality,” Rohit said after the match as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“He has bowled some tough overs for us in the past, and also for his franchise. We believe in his quality, whatever he has as a bowler. It’s important to keep showing that faith and I’m pretty sure he’s also trying to rectify those mistakes. He’s working hard on his bowling.”
“As I see, in the nets, whenever we do have our training sessions, he’s always working on his skills which is what you want. You want players to go out and keep improving. We talk about it all the time; we can see that happening. So, I’m pretty sure he’s not far from his best,” he added.