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“Worked at Pakistani Guy’s Perfume Store”: RCB star on experience working for US $ 35 a day | Cricket News

RCB medium pacemaker Harshal Patel© BCCI / IPL

Harshal Patel had a breakaway IPL season in the year 2021, which ended him as the league’s leading wicketkeeper when he took home the IPL Purple Cap by 32 wickets. He was bought back by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore in the IPL mega auction before IPL 2022. Patel’s excellent performance in IPL 2021 also led to him making his India debut in T20Is. But life was not entirely rosy for the medium pacemaker of Gujarat.

During a conversation with the famous cricket tanker Gaurav Kapur on his performance “Breakfast with Champions”,Harshal spoke about his struggle in the US, where he worked for a meager salary of $ 35 a day at a perfume shop.

“I used to work at this Pakistani guy’s perfume shop in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I could not speak a word of English because I studied in Gujarati medium throughout. It was my first encounter with the language and also with the language with so much slang, because that whole area was predominantly Latino and African American. Then I picked up their kind of English. Gangster English. They used to come to buy $ 100 perfume bottles on Fridays. On Monday, they came back and said, ‘Hey man, I just sprayed it a few times. I want to give it back man. I have no food on the table ‘. It was a regular occurrence. It was an amazing experience for me because I learned what that blue-collar job really is. My aunt and uncle went to their offices, and they dropped me off on the way. So at 07:00 I would be dropped off and the store would open at 09:00. Two hours I sat at the Elizabeth Railway Station. Do my job until 7.30, 8. About 12-13 hours a day and I used to pay $ 35 a day, ”said Harshal.

Harshal said he played junior cricket in Gujarat and felt he could do well in the sport and this convinced his parents to leave him and go to the US so he had his dream of becoming a cricketer, can pursue.


“I used to play junior cricket. I was a little too fast for my age. Unfortunately, that pace stopped at that level. And they (parents) put all that faith in me. And when my parents left, they told me one thing ‘do not do anything that puts us in a bad situation’. I took it to heart. I went to Motera from 07:00 to about 10:00 to practice. There was a sandwich shop, I would eat sandwiches and come back. Aloe nut (potato and pea) sandwich, vegetable sandwich. Not roasted. Because toast (bread) was expensive. “Aloo nut and vegetables used to be Rs 7, roasted ones were Rs 15,” Harshal said as he spoke about his struggle.

In IPL 2022, Harshal has so far tipped 10 wickets in 11 games and RCB has another chance to advance to the playoffs.

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