|Full name||Axar Rajeshbhai Patel|
|Born||23 January 1994|
Nadiad, Gujarat, India
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 302)||13 February 2021 v England|
|Last Test||4 March 2021 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 202)||15 June 2014 v Bangladesh|
|Last ODI||29 October 2017 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||20|
|T20I debut (cap 53)||17 July 2015 v Zimbabwe|
|Last T20I||12 March 2021 v England|
|Domestic team information|
|2012–present||Gujarat (squad no. 66)|
|2014–2019||Kings XI Punjab (squad no. 20)|
|2018||Durham (squad no. 20)|
|2019–present||Delhi Capitals (squad no. 20)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 March 2021
Axar Rajeshbhai Patel, also spelled as Akshar Patel, (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. He became the ninth bowler for India to take a five-wicket haul on debut in Test cricket. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. He was retained by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 season.
After excellent performance in the 2014 IPL, Patel was rewarded with a place in the Indian ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh 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.
In January 2021, Patel was named in India's Test squad for their series against England. 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. His first international Test wicket was of Joe Root. 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. 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.
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