Indian spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel who has delivered a phenomenal performance in the home Test matches for India has dedicated his 5th Test 5-fer to his father on his birthday.
In the Indian cricket team Axar Patel has been seen as a backup for Ravindra Jadeja in all three formats. Meanwhile, he has delivered a better performance than Ravindra Jadeja since making his Test debut, at least on the bowling side of things.
In his debut Test series against England, the 27-year-old played 3 games and picked 27 wickets including four 5-wicket hauls.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing Test series against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand, the left-arm spinner bagged his 5th 5-fer and helped India gain back the momentum at Green Park, Kanpur.
Overall in 7 Test innings, Axar has been able to pick 32 wickets at an outstanding average of 10.87, an economy of 2.15 and a strike rate of 30.3.
After his 5th Test 5-fer Axar took to Twitter to wish his father, he wrote:
Number 5 ??
Thanks, everyone for the messages. This ones for my hero.
Happy Birthday, Dad ♥️
Number 5 ??
Thanks everyone for the messages. This one's for my hero.
Happy Birthday Dad ♥️ pic.twitter.com/xzlemXFXKH
— Akshar Patel (@akshar2026) November 27, 2021
I Have Never Seen Myself As A White Ball Specialist – Axar Patel
Meanwhile, the Left-arm spinner has said that he never saw himself as a white-ball specialist player and he wants to do well in both red-ball and white-ball cricket. He said:
“Whenever I have played first-class or India A, I have done well. I have never seen myself as a white-ball specialist, It’s all in mind-set as to what you perceive yourself as – a white-ball specialist or red ball specialist. I always had the belief that whenever I get a chance I will do well.”
Axar Patel also gave credit to his teammates for having a lot of faith in him. He said:
“Obviously, I give credit to team members for having faith in me and I have been able to stand up to their expectations.”
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