First game of the ongoing IPL the edition was “special” for the left-handed spinner Harpreet Brar. Arriving from Moga, Brar had played just three IPL matches before passing through the acclaimed Royal Challengers Bangalore unit on Friday, and also chose the Man of the Match award to complete it.
The 25-year-old recruit from Punjab Kings recorded 25 of 17 deliveries and then finished with a 3/19 figure as his country registered a 34-time victory over RCB at Narendra Modi Stadium. Brar first eliminated Collie, who looked to load the door, but missed the line as the ball held low. Then pluck Glenn Maxwell (0) and AB de Villiers (3) to complete a trifle that any bowler in world cricket would like.
After taking the trophy as a player of the match, Brar said that people from his hometown of Moga would be “proud and happy” to see his display won by the match. He added that being Collie’s first IPL wicket was a “special” feeling and that it ultimately helped him gain confidence in the match.
“I come from the Moga neighborhood. I’m sure people at home would be proud and happy. I wasn’t overwhelmed when Collie hit me because bowling always gets a second chance to come back.
“My first IPL wicket was Kohli Paaji’s wicket and it was very special. It came out in a stream after that, your body opens up, you get confidence and things fall into place,” he said in a post-match presentation.
While PBKS skipper KL Rahul played with an undefeated 91, Brar sensed his presence with a 17-ball 25, which also included two sixes from Harshal Patel.
Regarding his antics, Brar said: “When I went out to fight, I had time to wait for a few overs. Rahul Bai also told me about the conditions and the shots I could play.”
Skipper Rahul also praised Brar and said they needed a ring press that could hit a large length of such a door.
“We were preparing Brar. On a field like this we had the feeling that we needed a rotating finger that could hit big. He did just that and ended up hitting really well. I’m young myself, but I’m trying to talk to the boys and to pass on any experience with IPL and international cricket, “said the PBKS captain.