England all-rounder Samit Patel, who was recalled to the Test squad for the upcoming tour of the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan after a gap of almost three years, admitted that the news was a pleasant surprise.
Samit Patel is this week's Cricket World Player of Week. The 27 year-old Nottinghamshire all-rounder hit 104 in England's first warm-up match against India A, and then followed that up with 60 and three wickets in the match against Mumbai A.
Samit Patel won England their Twenty20 International against India at Old Trafford by hitting three fours in the final over bowled by Ranganath Vinay Kumar.
He was unbeaten on 25 in 16 balls as England closed on 169 for four to win by six wickets after they had bowled India out for 165.
Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel is keen to grab his second chance at international cricket with both hands following three years out of contention.
He took his international bow in 2008, performing impressively against both South Africa - taking five for 41 on debut - and India in limited overs cricket before he was left out having failed to reach the levels of fitness demanded by the England coaching team.