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Update IPL 2020: Margin for error very little in Sharjah, says Delhi Capitals’ Harshal Patel

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After having had an injury-laden season with the Delhi Capitals in 2019, all-rounder Harshal Patel has been excellent for the franchise this term, picking up 2 wickets in his first two games so far, and proving to be a reliable fifth bowling option for Shreyas Iyer and Co.

Speaking ahead of Delhi Capitals’ sixth match of the season on Friday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Harshal said his team’s focus is always on execution regardless of whom they face. “I think every team in the IPL is extremely competitive, and that’s why the quality of cricket is unparalleled. So when it comes to players like Jos Buttler, Steve Smith or (Sanju) Samson, you just have to focus on executing your skill. You do the planning in your team meetings, and when you get onto the field – it’s all about execution,” said Patel.

With figures of 2-34 against KKR in his first match and 0-43 against RCB in his second, Harshal was honest in his self-assessment. He said, “It has been on par – to be honest, last match I felt I could have executed and planned a little better. But these things are part and parcel of the game, and you do get better as you keep playing. So, I’m hopeful I’m going to rectify those mistakes of the last game and continue to deliver the performances that I expect out of myself.”

Commenting on what his team has been focusing on improving ahead of their clash against Rajasthan, Harshal said they want to ensure that small mistakes are closed out. “We’re just talking about how we can get better – even though the last game we put on quite a clinical performance but the conversation has always been around what else we can do to get better, what else we can do to close out the small mistakes that we’re making.”


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