India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I: IPL 2021 Purple Cap winner Harshal Patel makes India debut cricket news

Harshal Patel is making his debut for India in the second T20I against New Zealand.© AFP

Harshal Patel was handed the debut cap on Friday ahead of the start of the second T20 International between India and New Zealand. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) medium pacer, who finished IPL 2021 as the highest wicket-taker with 32 scalps, has been included in the playing XI for the match in place of Mohammad Siraj. Rohit Sharma told in the toss that Siraj had injured himself while bowling in the first T20I in Jaipur. Siraj had taken a wicket but wasted runs in the first match itself.

Harshal was handed over the debut cap by former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar in the presence of coach Rahul Dravid and the rest of the team. Harshal is the 6th oldest T20I debutant for India, and will play his first match at the age of 30 years and 361 days.

BCCI posted a video of the cap ceremony on its Twitter handle.

Harshal had a dream season with RCB as his 32-wicket haul is the best ever in an IPL season. He equaled the long-standing record of Dwayne Bravo of Chennai Super Kings. The medium pacer, who can use long handles in the lower order, has been a regular feature in the IPL for many years, having made his debut in the 2012 season.

Harshal made a splash this season by picking up a hat-trick and several big stops, helping RCB qualify for the play-offs for the second season on a bounce. His death overs bowling was brilliant and it will be interesting to see if he does the same for Team India.

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