Jeetan Patel

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Jeetan Patel
Personal information
Full name Jeetan Shashi Patel
Born (1980-05-07) 7 May 1980 (age 35)
Wellington, New Zealand
Nickname Jeets, Dave, The Jeet
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 233) 27 April 2006 v South Africa
Last Test 11 January 2013 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 142) 31 August 2005 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 5 October 2009 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999–present Wellington
2009; 2011–present Warwickshire (squad no. 5)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 19 39 198 170
Runs scored 276 88 4,383 618
Batting average 12.00 14.66 23.06 10.13
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 2/22 0/1
Top score 27* 34 120 50
Balls bowled 4,723 1,804 39,437 8,068
Wickets 52 42 529 197
Bowling average 48.46 36.02 36.64 31.44
5 wickets in innings 1 0 17 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 5/110 3/11 7/75 4/16
Catches/stumpings 12/– 12/– 97/– 68/–
recorded April 2015

Source: CricInfo, 28 August 2015

Jeetan Shashi Patel (born 7 May 1980) is a New Zealand cricketer of Indian descent. A right arm off spin bowler, he plays county cricket for Warwickshire in England, and represents the Wellington Firebirds in New Zealand. From 2005-13 he played for the New Zealand Black Caps in all three formats, but in 2014 he made himself unavailable for international cricket, choosing to focus on county cricket instead. That year he was named the most valuable player by England's Professional Cricketers' Association, and in 2015 Wisden named him one of its five cricketers of the year.[1]

Age-group team, A-level career, and domestic debut[edit]

Patel was earmarked as a promising player early in his career. He played age group cricket in Wellington at under 15, under 17, and under 19 levels. He played for the New Zealand Cricket Academy in a one-day match against England A in 1999, and debuted for Wellington early the next year with a five wicket bag in a loss to Auckland.[2]

2004-05: First English season and New Zealand A debut[edit]

In the 2004 English Season, he represented Buckingham Town Cricket Club, making a big impact in the 1st Team as well as progressing youngsters in local development schemes. Patel became the first player in twenty years to take 50 league wickets during his spell at the Bourton Road club and first player ever to go on to play international cricket.

Back in New Zealand, Patel showed steady improvement as a bowler during the 2004–05 season, taking 26 first class wickets at an average of 32.84. He played two one-dayers against South Africa A on the 2004–05 New Zealand A tour of South Africa, represented the North Island in the 2004–05 State of Origin match, and played for the New Zealand Academy in the 2005 Cricket Australia Emerging Players Tournament.

2005-08: Main international career[edit]

Patel was a member of the 2005 New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe, making his debut as a supersub for New Zealand in the fourth ODI. Under the experimental rules at the time, that meant Patel was a full member of the team despite not batting in the XI that scored 238 (all out) in the first innings. He replaced Craig McMillan for Zimbabwe's innings and took 1/47.[3]

Later in the season he toured Sri Lanka with New Zealand A, playing in a Triangular A Team Tournament. He returned to the New Zealand squad for the short-form leg of its 2005 tour of South Africa. Making his international Twenty20 debut, he was named Man of the Match, taking 3/20 off 4 overs. He played as a supersub in the first ODI against the Proteas, returning figures of 2/48 off 8.[4]

Patel's first home international was the fourth ODI of Sri Lanka's 2005–06 tour of New Zealand, in which he was named Man of the Match. Playing as a supersub, his figures of 2/23 off 10 were the most economical in the match.[5]

His Test debut came against South Africa in the second Test of New Zealand's 2006 tour of South Africa. New Zealand's coach John Bracewell described him as a "long term investment".[6] Although a regular member of New Zealand's Test squad following his debut, Patel didn't make the XI for another match until 2008.[7] Daniel Vettori was captain and first-choice spinner at the time, and the selectors typically declined to choose two spinners.[8][9]

He was a regular member of the ODI and Twenty20 sides, though, and 2007 was his busiest year of international cricket, with 20 appearances. By the end of 2008, his New Zealand career had peaked. That year he made 13 international appearances and toured Australia with New Zealand A. His last Twenty20 match for New Zealand was on 28 December 2008 against the West Indies. He never played for his country as regularly again.[4][10]

2009 - January 2013: Warwickshire, and final international appearances[edit]

In 2009, Patel joined English county cricket side Warwickshire. On debut against Yorkshire he scored 120, his maiden first-class century and a record for a Warwickshire number 10, and shared a ninth wicket partnership of 233 with Jonathan Trott.[11][12] He played his last ODI in October 2009, against Australia (ten more test appearances were to come).[4]

In 2010 Patel played three tests against different opponents, averaging 72 (bowling) and 12 (batting).[4] He returned to Warwickshire briefly and successfully in 2011. Against Sussex in July, he took 10/163, his first 10-wicket bag in first class cricket.[13] In his only test of 2011 he took 0/142 against Zimbabwe.[7]

In 2012 Patel's extended run of county cricket contributed significantly to Warwickshire's 2012 County Championship with both ball and, at times, bat.[14] In August he was recalled into the New Zealand test team for its 2012 two Test tour of India, having played only one test in the previous 21 months.[15] His return was credited to several factors - most obviously his good season with Warwickshire (after 11 matches he'd taken 38 wickets) and an injury to Daniel Vettori, but also what the New Zealand Herald called "the dearth of decent spinners on the first-class scene in New Zealand".[16] He was selected ahead of second spinner Tarun Nethula for both test losses, taking seven wickets in the series.[17][18][19]

Patel remained a member of the team for two tests in Sri Lanka in November (4 wickets, 37 runs), and two in South Africa in January 2013 (1 wicket, 13 runs). His final test appearance was in Port Elizabeth.[7]

2013-15: International retirement and county recognition[edit]

Patel continued to build on his success with Warwickshire through 2013 (52 first class wickets at 30.01) and 2014 (59 at 26.32), and he remained a regular player for Wellington as well.[20] Over those two English summers and the New Zealand season in between them, his first class batting average was 31.7.[21] He declined a recall to the New Zealand team for its tour of the West Indies in April 2014,[22] prioritising county cricket and seemingly ending any prospect of further international cricket.

His 2014 county season was his most celebrated, being the only player to take over 100 wickets (across all formats) and winning the MVP award from the Professional Cricketers' Association.[23] He topped the bowling averages in both the Royal London One-Day Cup (23 wickets at 17) and the NatWest t20 Blast (25 wickets at 13).[24] He ended 2014 with a total of 185 first class wickets for Warwickshire, at an average of 27.12.[25] Following this Warwickshire announced a new two-year deal with Patel.[26] In 2015 Patel was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2014.[1]

In September 2015 Patel again took topped 50 wickets in the County Championship season, for the fourth successive year.[27] He finished seventh on the competition's list of wicket-takers with 58 wickets at 25.27, and was named in the Professional Cricketers' Association Team of the Year.[28][29]


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  5. ^ "Scorecard: NZ v Sri Lanka, 6 January 2006". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cairns dropped from Black Caps". ONE Sport. 26 September 2005. Retrieved 2006-04-29. 
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  8. ^ Cricinfo staff (17 August 2009). "Patel keen on being a regular feature". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-17 
  9. ^ Cricinfo staff (12 September 2007). "Vettori takes over as Test captain". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-08-17 
  10. ^ "Miscellaneous Matches played by Jeetan Patel". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Dobell, George (9 May 2009). "Rashid shines but Vaughan injured again in draw". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jeetan Patel: New Zealand spinner to rejoin Warwickshire for 2013". BBC Sport. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Patel spins Bears to victory". Sky Sports. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Dobell, George (6 September 2012). "Warwickshire win Championship title". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  15. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff (7 August 2012). "Injured Vettori out of India tour, Patel recalled". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Richardson, Daniel (7 August 2012). "Cricket: Patel, Franklin called in for India test series". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Shannon, Kris (23 August 2012). "Cricket: Patel, Boult included in first test lineup". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
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  19. ^ "Scorecard: India v NZ, Aug 31-Sep 3 2012". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
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  23. ^ BBCSportStaff (26 September 2014), Jeetan Patel: Warwickshire spinner wins 2014 MVP award, retrieved 7 February 2015 
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  26. ^ Warckwishire County Cricket Club (1 October 2014), MVP Patel commits to Warwickshire, retrieved 7 February 2015 
  27. ^ Halford, Brian. "Jeetan Patel on 50 First Class wickets". Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  28. ^ "Congratulations to the PCA Team of the Year...". @PCA on Twitter. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  29. ^ Geenty, Mark (30 September 2015). "Jeetan Patel named alongside England big names in PCA team of the year". Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

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