Ravindra Jadeja’s injury was a major blow to India’s plans as they progress to the T20 World Cup in October this year. He was a vital cog in the lower order that gave the team stability with his all-round skills. He had done exceptionally well when he was promoted to batting order in the group match against Pakistan in 2022 Asia Cup. In recent matches, Axar Patel has been used by India to emulate Jadeja’s role in the team. In Tuesday’s first T20I against Australia, Patel impressed with the ball and took three crucial wickets.
Patel has made it to the Indian team thanks to great performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Known as a bowling all-rounder, he has worked a lot on his hitting skills to make it to the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup.
In a video uploaded to bcci.tv, the 28-year-old penned his IPL 2022 stint for Delhi Capitals under head coach Ricky Ponting, for improving his percussion. He said Ponting had counted on him as the team’s finisher, after which he worked harder in the nets.
“I would say I get more responsibility with the bat. For Delhi Capitals (DC) I hit number 6 in the role of the finisher. Ricky (Ponting) even told me I would be the finisher on the team,” Patel revealed.
“After being given that responsibility, I started working harder in the nets to prepare for the role. I started thinking about what I needed to do to succeed in the position. Once you’ve played a few matches , your self-confidence rises.” I think that confidence improves my agility,” he added.
Notably, Patel had hit an undefeated 64 of 35 balls in the 2nd ODI in the West Indies in July. His quick innings had helped India win the game. The left-handed batter had 182 runs in IPL 2022 with a batting rate of 151.67.
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