Axar Patel

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Axar Patel
Personal information
Full name Axar Rajeshbhai Patel
Born (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 24)
Anand, Gujarat,
Nickname Akku
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 202) 15 June 2014 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 29 October 2017 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 20
T20I debut 17 July 2015 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 24 February 2018 v South Africa
Domestic team information
2012–present Gujarat
2013 Mumbai Indians
2014–present Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 20)
2018 Durham
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 38 11 23 95
Runs scored 181 68 1163 1197
Batting average 12.92 17.00 48.45 24.42
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 1/10 0/5
Top score 38 20* 110* 93
Balls bowled 1908 234 5607 4941
Wickets 45 9 79 125
Bowling average 31.31[1] 29.44 30.37 28.56
5 wickets in innings 0 0 4 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/34 3/17 6/55 6/43
Catches/stumpings 15/- 5/- 12/- 37/-
Source: Cricinfo, 25 February 2018

Axar Patel,[2][3] also spelled as Akshar Patel,[4][5] (born 20 January 1994) is an Indian cricketer. He plays as an all-rounder for the Gujarat cricket team. He is a left-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He was signed up by the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians in 2013 and then by Kings XI Punjab in 2014. He made his ODI debut on 15 June 2014 against Bangladesh. He was selected in India's 15-man squad for 2015 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

Domestic career[edit]

Patel took 6 for 55 in Delhi's first innings. This was his first five-wicket haul in his first-class career in only his second match.[6]

Patel played just one first-class game in his debut season for Gujarat, but had a more successful showing in 2013. Slotted primarily as a bowling allrounder, the left-arm spinner got his first IPL contract with Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2013, although he was on the bench for the entire season.

He was one of the key contributors to India Under-23s' title win in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2013, with seven wickets, including a four-for in the semi-final against UAE.[7] He was one of the consistent performers for Gujarat in the 2013/14 Ranji Trophy, finishing the season with 369 runs at an average of 46.12 and 29 wickets at 23.58. In early 2014, he was named the BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the year for the 2012/13 season.[8]

IPL career[edit]

Axar was signed up by the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians in 2013 and then by Kings XI Punjab in 2014. He had an impressive season with Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014 with 17 wickets. He was rightly named the 'Emerging Player of the Year' for IPL 2014. He was retained by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2015 IPL season for his impressive performances in the previous edition. Batting lower down the order, he scored 206 runs for the Kings XI Punjab in 2015 in addition to taking wickets.[9] On 1 May 2016, during a match against the Gujarat Lions, he took four wickets in five balls, including the first (and only) hat-trick of the 2016 IPL season, to pave the way for Kings XI Punjab's 23-run win against table-toppers Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.[10]. He was retained by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 season.

International career[edit]

After excellent performance in the 2014 IPL, Axar was rewarded with a place in the Indian ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh [11] and made his ODI debut in the first match of series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and took 1/59 runs.

Patel got a call up for the 5 match ODI series against West Indies and played in the 4th ODI where he only conceded 26 runs for 2 wickets in his 10 overs.

He was also a part of 15 man Squad for the 5 match series against Sri Lanka where he played in all 5 matches and took 11 wickets and made 31 runs at a strike rate of 178.

He was part of India's 15-man squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

He made his Twenty20 International debut for India against Zimbabwe on 17 July 2015.[12]

On 20 June 2016, Axar moved to 13th place in ICC ODI rankings after he took three wickets against Zimbabwe, he was just three places behind India's highest ranked bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.

Personal life[edit]

Axar's family resides in Nadiad, Gujarat. He has an elder brother named Sanship Patel. He studies engineering in Dharmsinh Desai University.[13]


  • BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the Year 2014.[8]
  • Emerging Player of the Tournament in IPL 7.[14]


  1. ^ "axar patel". cricbuzz. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Axar Patel". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Axar Patel: Axar Patel News, Cricket Records, Stats, India Player Profile". NDTV. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Akshar Patel". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 February 2015. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ "Akshar Patel". Wisden India. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ Delhi concede slender 1st innings lead as Akshar grabs six wickets. Times Of India. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  7. ^ Akshar Patel spins India into ACC Emerging Teams Cup final. Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  8. ^ a b Akshar named best U-19 cricketer. Times Of India (mobile site). Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Axar Patel - Kings XI Punjab player -". IPLT20. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Axar Patel 'tricks as KXIP make winning start under Murali Vijay". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  11. ^ India vs Bangladesh 1st ODI introducing debutants Parvez Rasool and Akshar Patel. Emirates 24/7. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  12. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st T20I: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 17, 2015". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  13. ^ Akshar put on giant screen by brother. Indian Express. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  14. ^ Akshar Patel : Emerging Player of the Tournament in IPL 7. Yahoo Cricket. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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