However, Patel moved to Haryana, where he was under the watchful eyes of former England cricketer Ian Pont, who helped him develop his skills. Eventually, he made his first-class debut for Haryana against Delhi in 2011 and ended the season with 28 wickets from 7 games. Having been picked up by Mumbai Indians in 2010, Harshal was picked up RCB for the 2012 season of IPL. He stayed with RCB till 2017 before moving to Delhi Daredevils for the 2018 edition.
A skiddy customer Harshal managed to stay in the fringes of the strong RCB team but eventually never got a longer run thanks to the flat deck dished out by the Chinnaswamy stadium. But at the domestic level, he carried on with his good perfomances. In 2013-14 ranji Trophy, Harshal ended up with 29 wicket from 8 games at a miserly average of 23.75 and after recovering from an injury, he scalped 22 wickets from 8 games in the 2015-16 season.
Having been identified as an all-rounder early on in his career, the speedster has failed to contribute much as a batsman.
IPL through the years
Harshal Patel made his debut in the 2012 IPL season and since then he has participated in 41 matches across seven seasons. Harshal has never quite made an impact to be a regular fixture in an IPL fixture but he has done enough to be in the squad for the next edition. Harshal picks wicket at a decent strike-rate but his problem has been his economy. In the last year, playing for the Delhi franchise, he conceded runs at an economy of 9.54. And his average economy in IPL is 8.66. Harshal has to work on the economy rate to become a regular part of the Delhi franchise.