Harshal Patel said that AB de Villiers had a massive impact on his career. He shared a dressing room with him this season at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and AB told him how to cut down on his expensive overs in the league.
The veteran retired from all forms of cricket on Saturday. “AB has had a massive impact on my career. I have always been a silent observer of him,” Harshal said in a press conference after Saturday’s match.
“Just before the UAE leg (of the IPL), I had asked him how I could reduce my big overs. I have conceded even 30 runs in an over in the IPL, and I wanted to avoid that. He told me not to change my tactics when the batsman hits me on my good deliveries,” said Harshal.
“You have to force the batsman to hit your good deliveries instead of changing it as soon as you get hit because that is something that the batsman expects. That is something that stayed with me throughout the UAE leg of IPL, and it will stay with me throughout my career.”
Earlier, De Villiers’s longtime RCB teammate and former captain Virat Kohli also lauded his friend.
“To the best player of our times and the most inspirational person I’ve met, you can be very proud of what you’ve done and what you’ve given to RCB, my brother. Our bond is beyond the game and will always be. This hurts my heart, but I know you’ve made the best decision for yourself and your family as you’ve always done. I love you@ABdeVilliers17,” said Kohli.
AB de Villiers 9424 runs in 340 matches in T20 cricket, having played in different T20 leagues across the globe.