Indian bowler Harshal Patel, who made his debut against New Zealand in the recently concluded T20I series, has shared two pictures of himself with Rahul Dravid through social media. The first picture posted on Instagram is from 2004, when Harshal was quite young, while the second picture was taken last week. Harshal, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, performed brilliantly in his first match against New Zealand and managed to win the ‘Man of the Match’. He became the eighth Indian player to win this award on his debut T20I.
Harshal Patel has been performing strongly for his team Haryana in domestic cricket for the last few years. For RCB in this year’s IPL season, he won the ‘Purple Cap’ by taking the highest 32 wickets in the tournament, due to which he was included in the Indian T20I.
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The Haryana all-rounder continued his stellar form in the third T20I match as well. He showed flair in bowling as well as batting and played a quick innings of 18 runs in 11 balls. After that the 31-year-old also took two wickets.
IND vs NZ: Schedule and Teams
1st Test: November 25-29 – Green Park, Kanpur – 9.30 am
2nd Test: December 3-7 – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai – 9.30 am
New Zealand team: Ken Williamson (captain), Henry Nichols, Ross Taylor, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Mitchell Sentner, William Somerville, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (WK), Tom Latham (WK), Glenn Phillips, Kyle Jamie Ejaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
India Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (replaces KL Rahul), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Pranandesh Krishna, Virat Kohli (Available for 2nd Test only, will lead the team)