Pocket dynamite of the Royal Challengers Bangalore has not disappointed his franchise. Parthiv Patel’s consistency in each game has made him the most valuable player in the team. When it comes to batting and wicket-keeping the 34-year-old has never disappointed his Skipper. He already has two half-centuries of the season.
The player gives all the credit to his current RCB coach Gary Kirsten who has adviced him to choose the correct bowlers in order to get some runs. Initially, he thanked the RCB fans for being supportive and stood beside them in bad times and good times.
Pocket dynamite of RCB
Parthiv Patel was the reason for celebration in the RCB dugout. It was this man efforts whose direct hit gave Royal Challengers Bangalore an improbable one-run win over Chennai Super Kings. Surprised Parthiv never expected Mahendra Singh Dhoni to miss the last ball of the cliffhanger. However, Dhoni scored 24 off the first five balls of the final over before missing the last ball.
A struggle for one run ended in Parthiv’s direct throw, leaving Shardul Thakur short of his crease. Hence, RCB was able to clinch a thriller one-run win over CSK to keep their playoff hopes alive. Moreover, Parthiv also managed to score a quick 43 runs off 24 balls for the following game which was played against Kings XI Punjab, where RCB were able to defend the score and won the match by 17 runs. Thanks for ABD’s rampage 82 runs not out off 44 balls.
Parthiv on the Last-Over Drama
Parthiv Patel later opens up about the incident and things that were running through his mind during the last over drama.
He says, “When MS Dhoni, who had already scored 80 runs from 40 balls, you would expect him to connect the ball with his bat. However, the fortune was on our favor, Umesh Yadav delivered a very slower ball. I was all prepared to throw it and had even given away my one glove, and luckily, I could execute that under pressure and hit the wicket. If a batsman is hitting like how Dhoni was, you generally don’t miss a shot, but I’m glad he missed it in the end. It was one of the luckiest days that was meant for me.”
Man with a brave heart
Parthiv is going through a tuff time in his personal life. Parthiv’s father Ajay Patel suffered a brain hemorrhage and was admitted to the hospital months ago. Earlier he had missed the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to be with his father. Now, he is playing in the IPL after being encouraged by his family.
Despite all the turmoils, Parthiv has proven himself with both bat and behind the wickets. “I just try and make sure that I am well prepared and this is something that I have done year after year. I just keep ensure that whatever situation I am going through gives me the best results,” he says.
Parthiv further praised his skipper Virat Kohli for bringing out the best in him. “He helped me and the team to push ourselves beyond our limits. He is a great example of being the best captain for others in terms of training and how he prepares for the game,” added Parthiv.
Later, he also thanked the RCB Bold army for supporting the team in their rollercoaster season. “We haven’t won the IPL till now, in spite of all these, fans have patiently supported the team through our ups and downs. I hope we are able to do it this year. If not, there’s always the next year,” Concludes Parthiv.