Royal Challengers Bangalore are gearing up for the 15th edition of IPL. The team played their first practice match at Dadoji Konddev Stadium in Thane. Faf du Plessis (Team A) and Harshal Patel (Team B) were the two captains for the practice match.
RCB will face Punjab Kings in their first match of IPL 2022. So, for the practice match, the players were divided into two teams keeping in mind the match-ups for the Punjab fixture. Ahead of the match head coach- Sanjay Bangar and Director of cricket- Mike Hesson did a pitch report where they talked about the green covering on the surface.
For Team A, Young Anuj Rawat played some brilliant shots in his 25-ball 46 run knock. He was picked up by the franchise for INR 3.40 crores. Faf du Plessis was the top-scorer for his team with 76 runs. Sherfane Rutherford also made a quickfire half-century. The target for Harshal Patel’s team was 215 runs in 20 overs.
In reply, Suyash Prabhudessai played an amazing innings of 87 runs for Team B. Veteran keeper Dinesh Karthik made 49 runs off just 21 deliveries. However, Harshal’s team fell short of the target by 1 run. Akash Deep took 4 wickets in the second innings. The pacer impressed Faf du Plessis with his pace and skills with both the new ball and at the death.
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Whether I play for 10 lakhs or 10.75 crores, It doesn’t really matter- Harshal Patel
RCB bought Harshal Patel for a whopping 10.75 crores in the IPL 2022 auction. Harshal was the purple cap holder in the last season with 32 wickets. The pacer recently opened up about the pressure of the big price tag and how he is preparing for the upcoming season.
“I am going to play exactly the same way I played last year, whether I play for 10 lakhs or 10.75 crores. It doesn’t really matter. No new skills, all I really hope for is (that) I am more precise in my execution, I am more tight in my execution and if I do that then I’ll be very happy.”, said Harshal in a video uploaded on RCB’s twitter handle.
Clarity of thought, confidence and self belief – @HarshalPatel23 is never short of these! Here’s what he had to say after taking the field and talking to Captain Faf and the coaching staff, on @kreditbee presents Bold Diaries.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2022 #Mission2022 pic.twitter.com/9573JRkQSR
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 22, 2022
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