IPL 2021: Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore broke Dwayne Bravo’s record for most wickets in an IPL season. In the 2013 season, Bravo took 32 wickets in 18 games, while Patel took the same number of wickets in 15 games.
Despite the fact that his club was ousted from the IPL 2021 after a loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, Patel presently leads the Purple Cap race, with Avesh Khan in the second position. Patel was traded from the Delhi Capitals to the Bangalore team and had a fantastic season, returning with outstanding stats of 2/19 in the eliminator.
Harshal took the wickets of both Kolkata openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer to tie the game. He even had a chance to pass Bravo on the first delivery of his final over, but Devdutt Padikkal dropped a catch off his bowling, preventing him from becoming the sole record holder.
You certainly deserve to be at the top: Congratulations, Patel
Bravo, on the other hand, took to Instagram after the match to congratulate Patel. “Congratulations, @harshalvp23.” You really deserve to be at the top!! Bravo wrote, “Awesome to watch!” However, while Patel’s season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore ended in a four-wicket loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders, Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings have already secured a spot in the final.
Take a look at this screenshot from Bravo’s story
While Patel eventually fell short of breaking Bravo’s record for most wickets in a single season by an Indian bowler, he did beat the record for most wickets by an Indian bowler in a single season. While Jasprit Bumrah took 27 wickets in 2020, Harshal finished with 32. Furthermore, his 30 wickets in the league stage set a record for the most wickets in a single IPL season’s round-robin phase.
A win for Bangalore against Kolkata would not only have kept their season-long ambition of a first title alive but would also have given the 30-year-old at least one more match to beat Bravo’s record.
While the Chennai Super Kings are already in the finals, the winner of the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders will face the Men in Yellow on Friday.
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