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Need to be a step ahead, says Harshal Patel on his T20 World Cup plans

India pacer Harshal Patel said on Thursday that he is not worried that the batsmen have started anticipating his variations and just want be more concentrate on his plans in order to stay a step ahead.

In the first T20I in Delhi, Rassie van der Dussen had smashed Harshal for three sixes and a four in an over to turn the game around.

After the match, the Proteas had said that post the first two sixes, he knew Harshal would turn to his slower balls.

“People have been trying to anticipate for the past two years. To be very honest, with every bowler, the longer they play, the more the opposition will realise what their strengths are, what the patterns are, and try to adapt to it. But as a bowler, my job is to stay one step ahead of batters,” Harshal said on the eve of the fourth T20I against South Africa.

“At the end of the day, you can have 15 different plans, but on a particular day, in a pressure situation, if you don’t go out and execute with confidence, everything doesn’t really fall in place. So my focus has always been on how to read the game better in that particular moment and how to execute the best possible delivery at that point in time,” he added.

“I can’t worry about pace because I can’t bowl as fast as Umran Malik. I have to develop skills to render myself effective at the international level. I have never been an express fast bowler though on a good day I can go near 140 kmph,” he said.

“My focus has always been to develop skills around my bowling and whatever limitations and advantages I have in my bowling,” he added.

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