Axar Patel

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Axar Patel
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Personal information
Full nameAxar Rajeshbhai Patel
Born (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 28)
Nadiad, Gujarat, India
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleBowling all-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 302)13 February 2021 v England
Last Test12 March 2022 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 202)15 June 2014 v Bangladesh
Last ODI22 August 2022 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.20
T20I debut (cap 53)17 July 2015 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I25 September 2022 v Australia
T20I shirt no.20
Domestic team information
2012–presentGujarat (squad no. 66)
2013Mumbai 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 5 38 28 43
Runs scored 106 181 153 1720
Batting average 29.83 12.92 17.00 33.07
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 0/0 1/13
Top score 52 64* 20* 110*
Balls bowled 766 1,908 527 9537
Wickets 36 45 26 162
Bowling average 11.86 31.31 24.03 24.66
5 wickets in innings 5 0 0 9
10 wickets in match 1 0 0 2
Best bowling 6/38 3/34 3/9 7/54
Catches/stumpings 1/– 15/– 8/– 21/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 September 2022

Axar Rajeshbhai Patel,[1][2] also spelled as Akshar Patel,[3][4] (born 20 January 1994) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Gujarat in domestic cricket and for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He is an all-rounder who plays as a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. 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.[5] He became the ninth bowler for India to take a five-wicket haul on debut in Test cricket.[6] On 21 November, 2021, against New Zealand, he took his T20I career-best figures-3/9 (3) and was awarded the Man of the Match award.

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.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

In August 2019, he was named in the India Red team's squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy.[10][11] In October 2019, he was named in India C's squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.[12]

IPL career[edit]

Patel 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 had an impressive season with 17 wickets. He was retained by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2015 IPL season. Batting lower down the order, he scored 206 runs for the Kings XI Punjab in 2015 in addition to taking 13 wickets.[13] 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.[14] He was retained by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 season.

Axar Patel became the 9th Indian player to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut and only the second left-arm spinner after Dilip Doshi to take a five-for in his debut Test.[15]

In December 2018, he was signed up by the Delhi Capitals in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League.[16][17] He was retained by Delhi capitals for the 2021 season.[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] In the 3 matches he played in his debut series, he took 27 wickets at a mere average of 10.59, finishing as the second-highest wicket taker of the series.[26] Later in the year, he scored his maiden Test half-century against New Zealand. [27]

In September 2021, Patel was named in India's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[28] However, on 13 October 2021, he was replaced by Shardul Thakur in India's squad.[29]

In November 2021, Patel was named in India's squad for New Zealand's tour of India in 2021.

In June 2022, Patel was named in India's squad for their T20I series against against Ireland.[30]

On 24 July 2022, Patel scored his maiden ODI half-century against West Indies.[31] He scored 64 runs off 35 balls, and remained unbeaten as he scored a match-winning six.[32]


  • BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the Year 2014.[9]
  • Emerging Player of the Tournament in 2014 IPL[33]


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  2. ^ "Axar Patel: Axar Patel News, Cricket Records, Stats, India Player Profilee". NDTV. Retrieved 1 February 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  5. ^ "2nd Test, Chennai, Feb 13 - Feb 17 2021, England tour of India 2021". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  6. ^ "India vs England: Axar Patel joins elite list after taking 5-wicket haul on Test debut". India Today. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  7. ^ Delhi concede slender 1st innings lead as Akshar grabs six wickets. Times Of India. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  8. ^ Akshar Patel spins India into ACC Emerging Teams Cup final. Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  9. ^ 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.
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  14. ^ "Axar Patel 'tricks as KXIP make winning start under Murali Vijay". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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  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". Delhi Capitals. 20 January 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  19. ^ "India vs Bangladesh 1st ODI: India romp to 7-wicket win". 15 June 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  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. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Kohli, Hardik, Ishant return to India's 18-member squad for England Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. 19 January 2021. 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. ^ ESPNCRICINFO. 23 January 2022;type=tournament. Retrieved 23 January 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ ESPNCRICINFO. 23 January 2022 {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ "India's T20 World Cup squad: R Ashwin picked, MS Dhoni mentor". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  29. ^ "Shardul Thakur replaces Axar Patel in Team India's World Cup squad". Board of Control for Cricket in India. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  30. ^ "Hardik Pandya to captain India in Ireland T20Is; Rahul Tripathi gets maiden call-up". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  31. ^ "India vs West Indies 2nd ODI Live Score Updates: Axar Patel slams maiden fifty to keep India in the hunt - The Times of India : 49.3 : India : 306/8". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  32. ^ "Full Scorecard of West Indies vs India 2nd ODI 2022 - Score Report |". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  33. ^ Akshar Patel : Emerging Player of the Tournament in IPL 7. Yahoo Cricket. Retrieved 18 June 2014.

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