Indian captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that the team management had a tough time in deciding who to pick as the third spinner between Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav for the first Test against England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. While admitting that the call had been taken, Rohit refused to reveal the name of the one chosen.
Shivam Dube (60 not out off 40 & 1/9) and Axar Patel (2/23) played starring roles as India beat Afghanistan by six wickets in the first T20I at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, January 11.
India beat Australia by 20 runs in the 4th T20I at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Friday, December 1. With the triumph, the Men in Blue clinched the five-match series 3-1. Batting first after losing the toss, India put up 174/9 on the board and then restricted Australia to 154/7.
India captain Shikhar Dhawan praised his team for not losing self-belief and putting up an amazing performance in the second one-dayer against West Indies in Trinidad. Chasing 312, India were three down for 79. However, Shreyas Iyer (63) and Sanju Samson (54) gave India hope with a 99-run stand for the fourth wicket. Axar Patel then came in and smashed an unbeaten 64 off 35 as India won the game with two balls to spare and clinch the series. The left-hander struck five sixes in his innings, the last of which took India past the target.
Indian left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in his fourth Test on Saturday, said that he has never seen himself as white-ball specialist. Axar claimed 5 for 62 on Day 3 of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand to bring India right back into the contest.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised debutant Axar Patel, who claimed a five-wicket haul on Test debut in the second innings of the second innings of the second Test in Chennai. Patel picked up 5 for 60 as India rolled over England for 164. With the 317-run triumph, India squared the four-match series 1-1.