Harshal Patel, who starred with a four-wicket haul within the third T20I match in opposition to South Africa, mentioned he must consistently develop his abilities to remain related.
The pacer is understood for his intelligent variations with cutters and slower ones and outsmarted the harmful David Miller with one such supply at Visakhapatnam.
Speaking in Rajkot forward of the fourth match, Harshal mentioned, “People have been trying to anticipate what I am bowling for the last two years (in IPL). With every bowler the longer they play, the opposition will realise what the bowler’s strengths and patterns are.”
“As a bowler, my job is to stay one step ahead of them. I cannot bowl fast like Umran Malik, it’s plain and simple. So I have to develop skills to render myself effective. My focus is always to develop skills around my bowling, with whatever limitations and advantages I have,” he added.
The sluggish nature of the pitch within the final sport helped the Indian bowling unit and the pacer mentioned he most well-liked that form of wicket.
“In the last match, the wicket was slower than usual which allowed us to bowl hard lengths. It was difficult to clear boundaries on both sides,” Harshal mentioned.
“It gives you a fighting chance. If you consistently play on pitches such as Delhi, it can hamper your confidence a little bit. We also have world-class spinners who can bowl in any conditions but on a slightly slower pitch and bigger ground, it brings them into the game more,” he added.
South African pacer Anrich Nortje mentioned his staff was conscious of how essential the fourth T20I was.
“I said at the last game as well that this was sort of like a final for us. We didn’t perform well or anything close to what we are capable of. [This is] a second chance but we need to seal the series as soon as possible and not give them an opportunity or any sniff,” he mentioned.