Teams Played For
India, Gujarat, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, West Zone, India A, India Red, India B, Durham, Delhi Capitals, India C
A relatively quick spin bowler, Akshar Patel’s variations especially arm-ball deluded the English top order in the 2021 England tour of India that made him an overnight sensation all around the world.
In just his second first-class match in November 2013, Akshar took 6/55 against a world-class Delhi lineup. That’s how the Nadiad-born prospect announced his arrival to the domestic circuit. Axar Patel was picked in the IPL 2013 edition by the Mumbai Indians but he could not earn his debut that season.
Based on his domestic performances, Akshar was added to the U-23 squad of India for the 2013 ACC Emerging Teams Cup and took 7 wickets in the tournament. Within a year of making his debut, he became one of the keys and consistent performers for the Gujarat Ranji team. He finished the season with 369 runs and 29 wickets proving to be an explosive all-rounder.
Based on his consistent performances, Patel was also picked up for the Indian team for the ODIs and T20s but he could not cement his place after failing to make the most of the opportunities provided to him.
After being released by the Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab (Now Punjab Kings) bought the rising star. The coach and captain backed the youngster and he ended an impressive season picking up 17 wickets and was retained by them for the next season.
On May 1, 2016, Akshar took 4 wickets in five balls including the first hat-trick in 2016 which led Punjab to a 23-run victory against the table-toppers Gujarat Lions. He was again retained by the Punjab Kings in the 2017 season.
Delhi Capitals bought his service in the IPL 2019 auction for a whopping INR 5 crore and later retained for the upcoming season. Patel’s success will bring balance to the Delhi lineup as he can provide quick runs at the end of the innings and can also take wickets in the middle overs.
In January 2021, Akshar was picked in the Indian Test squad against England. He made his Test debut in the second Test when India was 1-0 down in the series. He made a splendid comeback to international cricket after almost three years and dismissed Joe Root for just 6 runs. He ended up taking a maiden five-wicket haul in the second innings becoming the first spinner for India to take five wickets in a D/N Test match. In the penultimate match against England, he took his maiden ten-wicket haul and recorded the best figures in a D/N Test match.
After the recently concluded Test series against England, Axar Patel has established himself as a deadly spin bowler in the subcontinent conditions. His arsenal is fully loaded with variations that can trouble even the best batsmen in the world and India won’t shy of using him in the longer formats.
(As of March 2021)