Although Axar Patel may not have been fully utilized as a bowler, he has surprised many with his performance as a batsman in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. With a total of 264 runs, he stands as the third-highest run-scorer, trailing only behind Usman Khawaja (333) and Virat Kohli (297).
During the fourth and final day of the match, the unassuming cricketer from Nadiad played an impressive innings, scoring 79 runs (including 5 fours and 4 sixes) to help propel India towards victory. His partnership with Virat Kohli, which resulted in a 162-run stand, was instrumental in crushing Australia’s hopes of levelling the series.
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Australian Legend Touches On Hs His Input On Axar Patel’s Batting
During a recent episode of The ICC Review with host Sanjana Ganesan, Ricky Ponting spoke highly of Axar Patel and reminisced about their decade-long relationship that began in Mumbai and has flourished at the Delhi Capitals.
Ponting revealed that Axar initially faced difficulties while dealing with short-pitched deliveries early in his career. However, the former Australian captain commended Axar for successfully converting this weakness into one of his strengths.
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“I’ve known Axar for a long time and he was only a young boy in the squad at Mumbai when I first went there, If there was ever a weakness in his game, it was the short ball that was sort of directed at his body. The reason that he was a bit weak in that area was he was too side-on, and the ball was always sort of in behind his right shoulder.”
“I’ve known that there’s been a certain amount of batting skill there that really, apart from the last couple of years, he hadn’t really been showing at IPL level or even at international level. The higher he bats in first-class cricket, and if he plays some more Test cricket even outside of India, then I think he could hold down a six or seven spot in a Test team as well. He’s the sort of player that I think could make a lot of first-class hundreds.”
Axar Patel’s impressive performance with the bat in the final Test of the series has put him in good stead for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia. He will be keen to continue his form and make significant contributions in the forthcoming matches. The first game of the series will take place at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Friday, March 17th.
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