Axar Patel, a 27-year-old all-rounder, bats left-handed and bowls slow left-arm orthodox spin. Mumbai Indians gave Patel his break in the Indian Premier League in 2013. He moved to Kings XI Punjab in 2014 and later to Delhi Capitals in 2019. He earned a place in the India ODI team versus Bangladesh in June 2014 and went on to represent India in the ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
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Axar is yet to play a Test match.
In 38 ODIs, Axar has made 181 runs at 12.92, with his top score of 38. He has also taken 45 wickets at 31.31, with the best bowling figures of 3/34, while enjoying an economy rate of 4.4 and a strike rate of 42.4.
In 11 T20 Internationals, Patel has scored 68 runs at 17.00, with the best batting performance of 20 not out. He has also taken 9 wickets at 29.44. He had the best bowling figures of 3/17 while registering an economy rate of 6.79 and a strike rate of 26.
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Though Patel did not play a single IPL match when he was with Mumbai Indians in 2013, he got an opportunity to express himself the next season with KXIP when he took 17 wickets to be named ‘Emerging Player of the Year’ for that IPL season. In 2015, he added runs with the bat to his bowling contribution to underscore his credentials as an all-rounder. In an exceptional IPL 2016 season, Patel took a hat trick against Gujarat Lions in a match-winning performance.
In his ODI debut against Bangladesh, Patel took 1/59 in a rain-curtailed match that India won. Patel registered his best ODI performance against Sri Lanka in Dambulla in August 2017. In that game, Sri Lanka batted first and were bowled out for 216. Patel emerged as India’s most successful bowler, taking 3/34, including the scalps of Kusal Mendis, PWH de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan. India chased down the modest target with nine wickets in hand. He had another match-winning performance of 3/38 later that year against Australia. In the fifth ODI of a series on Australia’s tour of India in Nagpur in October 2017, the visitors batted first and scored 242/9. Patel dismissed top-order batsmen Warner, Handscomb and Head to contribute to India’s seven-wicket win. Patel last played an ODI for India in October 2017 against New Zealand.
Axar had a sensational T20I debut in July 2015. Playing in the first match of a series on India’s tour of Zimbabwe, Patel won the Man of the Match award for his match-winning performance. India batted first and scored 178/5 in their allotted overs. When Zimbabwe batted, they were restricted to 124/7, rendering India the winners by 54 runs. Patel proved to be the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 3/17, accounting for the scalps of top-order batsmen Hamilton Mazakadza, Elton Chigumbura and Sikandar Raza. In another match-winning performance of 2/20, Patel helped restrict New Zealand to 149/8 when they chased 203 to win in Delhi in November 2017. Axar played his last T20I game in February 2018.