RCB Star’s Experience Working For $35 Per Day In The United States. Harshal Patel was repurchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL mega auction ahead of IPL 2022 for Rs 10.75 crore.
Harshal Patel had a breakout IPL season in 2021, finishing as the league’s top wicket taker and winning the IPL Purple Cap with 32 wickets. In the IPL mega auction ahead of IPL 2022, he was purchased back by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore. Patel’s outstanding performance in the IPL 2021 earned him his India debut in T20Is. But it wasn’t all roses for Gujarat’s medium pacer.
During an interview with renowned cricket anchor Gaurav Kapur on his show “Breakfast with Champions,” Harshal discussed his struggles in the United States, where he worked at a perfume shop for a pittance of $35 per day.
Harshal Patel Recalls Experience Working For $35 Per Day In United States
“I used to work at this Pakistani guy’s perfume store in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I couldn’t speak a word of English because I had studied in Gujarati medium throughout. That was my first encounter with the language and also with the language with so much slang because that entire area was predominantly Latino and African American. Then I picked up their kind of English. Gangster English. They used to come and buy $100 perfume bottles on Fridays. On Monday they used to come back and used to say, ‘hey man I just sprayed it a couple of times. I want to return it man. I have no food on the table’. That was a regular occurrence. It was a great experience for me because I learned what those blue collar jobs really are. My aunt and uncle used to go to their offices, and they would drop me on the way. So at 7 am I would be dropped and the store would open at 9 am. Two hours I used to sit at the Elizabeth railway station. Do my work till 7.30, 8. So 12-13 hours a day and I used to get paid $35 a day,”Harshal said.
Patel convinced his parents to send him to the US to pursue his dream of becoming a cricketer.
Harshal stated that he played junior cricket in Gujarat and felt he could do well in the sport, which convinced his parents to send him to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a cricketer.
“I used to be a junior cricketer.” I was a little fast for my age. Unfortunately, the pace came to a halt at that point. And they (parents) placed all of their trust in me. And when my parents left, they told me, ‘don’t do anything that puts us in a bad situation.’ It struck a chord with me. I used to go to Motera for practice from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. There was a sandwich shop nearby, so I would go there, eat my sandwiches, and then return. Sandwich with aloo-mutter (potatoes and peas), sandwich with vegetables. It’s not toasted. Because toasted (bread) was costly. “Aloo-mutter and vegetables used to be Rs 7, toasted was Rs 15,” Harshal said, describing his financial difficulties.
Harshal has taken 10 wickets in 11 matches so far in the IPL 2022, and RCB are still in with a chance of making the play-offs.