IPL 2021: “I didn’t want to concede too many runs”; Harpreet Brar reflects on dismissing RCB’s Kohli, De Villiers and Maxwell

Harpreet Brar of Punjab Kings disects on how he planned to bowl to Virat Kohli. Says one needs to keep working hard and have patience for success.

Harpreet Brar in an interview with ESPNCricinfo reflects on his brilliant all-around performance versus Royal Challengers Bangalore on 30th April 2021.

Punjab Kings won that match by 34 runs and Brar has adjudged the player of the match. He scored a quickfire 25 off 17 deliveries with two sixes and a four and with the ball in hand, took three of the biggest names in world cricket at the moment. His bowling analysis 3/19 in 4 overs.

Brar first clean bowled RCB skipper Virat Kohli for 35, then saw the back of Glenn Maxwell for a duck and managed to trap De Villiers resulting in a soft dismissal, simple catch to KL Rahul for a mere 3 runs.

Brar made IPL’s debut in 2019 and played two games and was retained by PBKS ahead of the 2020 season. Although he featured only in one game in the 13th edition (2020), the Punjab Kings showed faith in the left-arm spinner, further retaining him for the 2021 season.

Brar told he didn’t want to give away too many runs as it happened with him in the only match he played in the 2020 edition. “On the eve of the match, I was told to be ready. That night I prepared myself mentally – thinking about how I would bowl to each batsman. I didn’t want to concede too many runs because in my earlier game (in the 2020 IPL), I had ended up going for 40,” Brar said.

Brar on how he planned to bowl to Virat Kohli. He explained –
“I knew if I could restrict the runs, wickets would come automatically. I told myself if Virat Kohli is on strike for the next over, I have to be extra careful. I didn’t want to concede another boundary on the first ball.”

Brar is the only bowler to dismiss the greats of the game – Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell, all in one match, in a space of seven balls.

“Life has taught me to wait for your chance. I had only thought of taking one wicket. I never thought of taking Virat Kohli’s wicket, or AB de Villiers’, or Maxwell’s,” Brad said.

Brar said the penny has dropped finally.

“It was only after the game when I was sitting alone in my room, that I realized that there were three main wickets and I got all three of them. As they say, when God gives, he gives in abundance. You need to keep working hard and have patience.”

Harpreet Brar was adjudged the player all-around performance. Yuvraj Singh took notice of his special performance and took to Twitter to express his happiness for Harpreet Brar. Here is what he said –

“Very happy for @thisisbrar! Getting wickets of some quality batsman and getting useful runs in the end! Also, the best way to Shushing faces your critics when it comes to state cricket !! Well done PCA president, secretary, and @harbhajan_singh in supporting your match winners #PBKSvRCB.

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