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The
26-year-old
made
his
IPL
debut
against
CSK
in
a
winning
cause
on
Monday
(October
4).
He
made
only
18
runs
off
20
balls
but
the
youngster
said
a
welcome
chat
with
Dhoni
at
the
end
of
the
game
made
his
day
and
elevated
his
confidence.

“It
was
a
different
feeling
altogether
to
see
Mahi
bhai
behind
the
stumps
when
I
took
guard.
It
felt
really
good
that
Mahi
bhai
was
watching
me
play.

“I
started
playing
cricket
watching
Mahi
bhai
and
I
am
looking
to
become
a
finisher
like
him,”
Patel
was
quoted
as
saying
in
a
release
issued
by
his
franchise
DC.

1

4-2021

“After
the
game,
I
asked
him
how
he
finishes
every
match,
how
he
thinks
on
the
field
and
what
goes
on
in
his
mind
while
chasing
a
score.
We
had
a
good
chat
and
he
gave
me
a
lot
of
confidence.”

Asked
about
his
emotions
when
he
received
the
Delhi
Capitals
cap
before
the
game,
he
said:
“I
was
really
happy
when
I
received
my
cap
from
Mishy
bhai
(Amit
Mishra).
It
didn’t
feel
like
it
was
my
first
match.
I
felt
really
good
going
into
the
match.
I
just
looked
to
back
myself
and
enjoy
every
part
of
the
game.”

“When
I
went
into
bat
(at
71/3),
we
needed
to
score
at
a
run-a-ball
pace.
I
aimed
to
finish
the
match
for
the
team.
Shikhar
bhai
(Dhawan)
told
me
to
take
my
time
at
the
crease,
so
I
took
my
time
and
enjoyed
my
batting.”

Ripal
also
enjoyed
watching
Kagiso
Rabada
finish
the
match
with
a
boundary
in
the
last
over.

“It
was
very
important
for
us
to
win
the
match.
It
was
a
crunch
situation
when
we
needed
2
runs
from
3
balls.
We
were
looking
for
a
couple
of
runs
and
it
was
great
to
see
Rabada
hit
a
boundary.

“I
was
disappointed
that
I
didn’t
finish
the
match,
but
it
was
great
that
the
team
won
and
reached
20
points.”



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