Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel opened up on his battle with anxiousness in the course of the tough patch in his profession. The 31-year-old rejuvenated himself final yr and performed a pivotal function in RCB’s journey to play-offs. He claimed 32 wickets in IPL 2021 which was the joint-highest by any participant in a single season which additionally helped him declare his maiden Purple Cap. However, it was not a simple journey for the Haryana pacer who shared his battle with anxiousness in the course of the tough patch when he simply needed the match to get finish.

The 31-year-old stated it was not simple for him throughout that section because the anxiousness was exhausting him mentally and bodily. He shared that he used to go to the washroom nearly each two minutes earlier than the sport.

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“I went through a cycle of crippling pre-game anxiety. Like I would have to go and pee probably once every two minutes, right from when I wake up on game day to the moment where I bowl the first ball. The anxiety was so bad and I used to get so exhausted that I would want the match to end so that I could go and sleep. I still have it but now I look at it as a part of the game,” Harshal stated on the YouTube present, ‘Breakfast with Champions’.

Meanwhile, Harshal has achieved lots of success within the final two years which additionally helped him make his India debut earlier this yr. He was purchased by RCB for INR 10.75 crore within the IPL 2022 mega public sale.

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The right-arm pacer additional recalled the dialog with AB de Villiers throughout IPL 2021 the place the previous Proteas captain additionally talked to him about his anxiousness points. Harshal stated that the chat with De Villiers made him notice that he’s not alone in battling the anxiousness.

“I remember probably last season when I was having a conversation with AB. He said the same thing, ‘I am pissing myself before every game.’ If that is happening to somebody like AB de Villiers, who am I? You get an affirmation that you’re not alone,” he added.

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