25-year-old Harpreet Brar had a dream outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) getting the prized wickets of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. The left-arm orthodox spinner finished with 3 for 19 and also chipped in with an unbeaten 17-ball 25 with the bat as well. Speaking of de Villiers' wicket, Brar said that he looked to put pressure on the South Africa batsman by accumulating dot balls, but ended up getting his wicket.
"My plan against De Villiers was to bowl a touch wider outside off-stump and out of his slot since the ball was gripping a bit. That's why I brought in a slip and had covers to come up slightly. I wanted to bowl a dot but also managed to get a wicket. I am blessed," Brar said after the match
In case of Kohli, he actually shortened the length after realising that the frustrated RCB skipper was trying to give him the charge. "My strategy was to hit the right length and not worry even if he hits me for a boundary. If the batsman charges down the track then you alter the length," Brar said.
What worked for the former India U-23 spinner is playing with a free mind and not thinking too much about the result. "I just wanted to play bindaas (carefree) cricket come what may. I didn't want to take too much stress and play my natural game," he said.
Brar had played three games in the past two seasons but this is the first time that he got wickets in IPL and that too the opposition's top three players. "It's not that I hadn't played with pressure earlier. I had, but when you don't perform under pressure, you tend to be over-burdened with more pressure. I had this in mind that once I get a chance, I will try and win a match for my franchise," he concluded.
PBKS will take on Delhi Capital (DC) on Sunday (May 2) in Ahmedabad in a bid to build on their victory over RCB.
(With inputs from PTI)