The right-arm pacer has emerged as one of the most important bowlers in the RCB after taking two wickets in just 10 matches, which has seen him top the bowling list this season. He has 69 wickets under his belt in 58 IPL matches overall.
Anand Hershal said it would take some time for this achievement to sink due to a hat-trick for the first time in his career.
“I scored a hat-trick for the first time in my life, I didn’t do it in a school game either. In the IPL, I scored a hat-trick six times and this is the first time I’ve got it. It will take some time to sink,” he said.
Hershel Patel (Photo credit: BCCI / IPL)
Hershel unveiled the batting chink of Mumbai Indians for the second time in a row. In the first round of IPL 2021, his best statistics of 5/2 of was also recorded against 5 time champions.
We couldn’t be more proud of that performance last night, @HarshalPatel 23! Play #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers # IPL2021 https://t.co/vq0YkoMbU8
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (C RCB Tweets) 1632724252000
Hershal, who has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket with 226 wickets in his first first-class match, is still awaiting inclusion in matters related to the national team. He was also not part of the ‘second-string’ Indian team that toured Sri Lanka earlier this year.
This is the first hat trick of my life – Hershel Patel @ yuzi_chahal # RCB’s ha.
– Indian Premier League (@IPL) 1632724200000
He was also left out of India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
There is a lot of competition for fast bowling slots for India’s limited overs teams and Herschel has to be patient.
But still not being able to get a place in the Indian team does not stop Hershel. The 300-year-old said his ultimate goal was to play cricket.
Hat-trick man ars HarshalPatel23 and @yuzi_chahal posed for #IPLSelfie after RCBTweets won in Dubai. # VIVOIPL… https://t.co/1usDoZ6daU
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“I have no regrets at all. The decisions I made in life were made to the best of my ability at that time,” he said.
“The only goal for me is that no matter which team I play for, be it a club or an IPL team, or when I play for the country or when I play for Haryana, I try to make a positive impact on the game from any situation. With the ball or the bat.
Herschelle Patel has now scored a FIFA and a hat-trick against MI in the same season. Pur purple hat is not going any way … https://t.co/P4PPJCzch8
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (C RCB Tweets) 1632679379000
“It’s my goal and it will be my goal until I play cricket,” he insisted.
If Herschel continues to work as he did before, he has a good chance of being rewarded with a national call sometime in the future.