Vastavam web: The brand value of Indian Premier League will not get affected by the recent ball tampering scandal that rocked the cricketing world, feels Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.Australian captain Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner were involved in a pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa and let Cameron Bancroft carry out the act.The row had its repercussion in IPL 2018 as well as the Aussie duo will not be allowed to play in the T20 franchise tournament because of their roles in ball tampering.
“It’s unfortunate. But IPL has been a very big brand. It’s such a big tournament with a lot of young players and seniors have been around for years. A couple of incidents that has happened outside the IPL should not affect,” Patel told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore event here.Having won the IPL twice (2015 and 2017) with Mumbai Indians, Patel is back with RCB after an earlier stint in 2014, and hopes to contribute in winning the elusive title for the Virat Kohli-led side.
“A lot has changed from where I was in 2014. I’m coming with a lot of experience of winning the tournament. My performance individually has been very good in last few IPLs, also in the domestic tournaments.”Nothing many things will change for me. I’ve been working hard personally. Hopefully I will help the team to win the tournament,” Patel said.Patel has been a part of as many as six franchises in his IPL career and has effected 71 dismissals and scored 2,322 runs.
“A lot of changes have been made to the team. The balance of the side has changed. It feels all the bases are covered, as far as batsmen, bowlers and allrounders are concerned. We feel we can do it this time,” he said.”It’s a great franchise. Honestly we had a great time may not be on the field but the off the field we gelled really well then. We could not convert it into winning performance. It’s a great set up. They look after players really well, the practice facilities etc…” “A captain’s job is to push you, as a leader if you want results you want everyone to give more than 100 per cent. There’s no complains about captain pushing you. Setting the right example.”
In the wake of Dinesh Karthik’s last ball six to win the T20 Tri-Series Trophy final against Bangladesh, Patel said the wicketkeeping scenario has changed and credited it to MS Dhoni.”The way world cricket and the standard that Dhoni has set, I’m sure everyone tries to match that. It’s exciting times for all the wicketkeepers. Look at the competition around, if one gets injured the other is always ready.”It’s not easy when you’re playing for India. The competition will always be there. As long as the competition is there, the Indian cricket is in good shape.”
Patel said wicketkeepers in Test cricket now think of scoring tons rather than contributing 20s and 30s.”When you’re wicketkeeping that’s your primary job but when you’re out there as a batsman, you have to think that you’re capable enough to contribute in hundreds and not in 20s and 30s — I’m talking about Test cricket. It’s as good as allrounders’ job. It’s not easy.” “There will be no pressure on me rather I’m excited to play and contribute to the team knowing that I’ve the faith of the team and the captain,” the left-arm spinner, who doubles up as a pinch-hitter lower down the order, said.
Negi burst onto the scene following the IPL auction in 2016 when Delhi Daredevils stunned everyone by picking the uncapped player for Rs 8.5 crore.Negi, however, said he’s improved as a cricketer since that unforgettable season.