Axar Patel

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Axar Patel
Personal information
Full nameAxar Rajeshbhai Patel
Born (1994-01-23) 23 January 1994 (age 27)
Nadiad, Gujarat, India
NicknameAxy, Bapu[1]
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RelationsRajesh Kumar
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 302)13 February 2021 v England
Last Test4 March 2021 v England
ODI debut (cap 202)15 June 2014 v Bangladesh
Last ODI29 October 2017 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.20
T20I debut (cap 53)17 July 2015 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I12 March 2021 v England
Domestic team information
2012–presentGujarat (squad no. 66)
2013-2017Mumbai Indians
2014–2019Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 20)
2018Durham (squad no. 20)
2019–presentDelhi Capitals (squad no. 20)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 3 38 11 42
Runs scored 55 181 79 1720
Batting average 13.75 12.92 17.00 33.72
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/13
Top score 43 30 20* 110*
Balls bowled 766 1,908 234 9537
Wickets 27 45 9 161
Bowling average 18.98 31.31 29.44 24.56
5 wickets in innings 4 0 0 9
10 wickets in match 1 0 0 2
Best bowling 6/38 3/34 3/17 7/54
Catches/stumpings 1/–5 15/– 5/– 21/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 March 2021

Axar Rajeshbhai Patel,[2][3] also spelled as Akshar Patel,[4][5] (born 23 January 1994 in Nadiad, India) is an Indian international cricketer. He plays for Gujarat in domestic cricket and for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premiere League. He is an all-rounder who plays as a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He was signed up by the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians in 2013 but did not get a chance to play until he was released. He was then picked up by Kings XI Punjab in 2014 and then by Delhi Capitals in 2019, and has been a regular with both franchises. He made his ODI debut on 15 June 2014 against Bangladesh. He was selected in India's 15-man squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. He made his Test debut for India against England on 13 February 2021, where he took 7 wickets.[6] He became the ninth bowler for India to take a five-wicket haul on debut in Test cricket.[7] and also became the first cricketer to take 11 wickets in a day-night test. He is the only bowler to take wickets on his first ball of both innings in a test match. He is first and only bowler to take back-to-back five-wicket hauls in a pink ball test match.

Domestic career[edit]

In his second first-class match, against Delhi in November 2013, Patel took 6 for 55 in the first innings. This was his first five-wicket haul.[8]

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 2013 ACC Emerging Teams Cup, with seven wickets, including a four-for in the semi-final against UAE.[9] 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.[10]

In August 2019, he was named in the India Red team's squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy.[11][12] In October 2019, he was named in India C's squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.[13]

IPL career[edit]

He made his debut with Mumbai Indians in 2013. He had an impressive season with Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014 with 17 wickets. 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 13 wickets.[14] 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.[15] He was retained by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 season.

In December 2018, he was bought by the Delhi Capitals in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League.[16][17]

He was retained by Delhi capitals for the upcoming IPL 2021.[18]

International career[edit]

After excellent performance in the 2014 IPL, Patel was rewarded with a place in the Indian ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh[19] and made his ODI debut in the first match of series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and took 1/59 runs. 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.[20] He was named as a stand-by player for India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[21]

In January 2021, Patel was named in India's Test squad for their series against England.[22] He made his Test debut against England on 13 February 2021 and made his comeback in international cricket after a gap of almost three years.[23] His first international Test wicket was of Joe Root.[24] In the same match, he took a five wicket haul in England's second innings, becoming the ninth Indian bowler to do so on debut.[25] On 24 February 2021, he took 6 wickets in his second Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium, becoming the first spinner for India to take 5 wickets in a D/N test match. In the second innings, he took 5/32, claiming his maiden 10 wicket match haul and the best figures in a D/N Test (11/70). in the fourth test, he had taken a five wicket haul in the second innings and scored a century run partnership with Washington Sundar.


  • BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the Year 2014.[10]
  • Emerging Player of the Tournament in 2014 IPL[26]


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  3. ^ bhai-patel-player profile "Axar Patel: Axar Patel News, Cricket Records, Stats, India Player Profilee" Check |url= value (help). NDTV. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
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  5. ^ "Akshar Patel". Wisden India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ "2nd Test, Chennai, Feb 13 - Feb 17 2021, England tour of India 2021". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  7. ^ "India vs England: Axar Patel joins elite list after taking 5-wicket haul on Test debut". India Today. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  8. ^ Delhi concede slender 1st innings lead as Akshar grabs six wickets. Times Of India. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  9. ^ Akshar Patel spins India into ACC Emerging Teams Cup final. Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  10. ^ a b Akshar named best U-19 cricketer Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Times Of India(mobile site). Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Shubman Gill, Priyank Panchal and Faiz Fazal to lead Duleep Trophy sides". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Duleep Trophy 2019: Shubman Gill, Faiz Fazal and Priyank Panchal to lead as Indian domestic cricket season opens". Cricket Country. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Deodhar Trophy 2019: Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv, Shubman to lead; Yashasvi earns call-up". SportStar. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Axar Patel - Kings XI Punjab player -". IPLT20. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Axar Patel 'tricks as KXIP make winning start under Murali Vijay". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  16. ^ "IPL 2019 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  17. ^ "IPL 2019 Auction: Who got whom". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Delhi Capitals reveal list of retained players ahead of IPL 2021 Auction. He will one of the key player of delhi capitals this season due to his international form". Delhi Capitals. 20 January 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
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  20. ^ "India tour of Zimbabwe, 1st T20I: Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 17, 2015". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  21. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: BCCI likely to take last-minute call on Kedar Jadhav's fitness; Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel on standby- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Kohli, Hardik, Ishant return to India's 18-member squad for England Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  23. ^ "India vs England: Axar Patel makes Test debut, Kuldeep Yadav finally gets a game after over 2 years". India Today. 13 February 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  24. ^ "India vs England: Debutant Axar Patel gets Joe Root as his maiden Test wicket". Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Axar Patel grabs maiden five-for on debut, joins Ashwin and Shami in elite list". Hindustan Times. 16 February 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  26. ^ Akshar Patel : Emerging Player of the Tournament in IPL 7. Yahoo Cricket. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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