Cricket World Player of the Week - Axar Patel
For his 11-wicket match haul in the third test match which took India to a thrilling 10-wicket victory over England, Axar Patel is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
A few months ago, Axar Patel was not even in the scheme of things for a spot in the playing XI of the Indian test team. However, as soon as he made his debut, he looked the part. Patel has carried India's success over the last two test matches against England.
Two things came right for Axar at the same time. To begin with, he had a brilliant IPL 2020 in which he picked up 9 wickets at an average of 36.3. What was more important is that he bowled tight lines and lengths, often taking the new ball and bowling in the powerplay.
His economy rate of 6.41 was among the top 10 in the tournament which is sensational, given that he is a finger spinner and does not have a lot of mystery about him. Patel also tonked the ball well a couple of times in the IPL edition, scoring 117 runs at a strike rate 137.64.
Ravindra Jadeja was out injured for the test series against England and India failed to find any control with Shahzad Nadeem and Washington Sundar in the first test match. The team brought in Axar Patel, and the left-arm spinner delivered right away.
He has already picked up 18 wickets from just two test matches at an average of 9.44 and an economy rate of 2.18, which are eye-watering figures. As long as he continues to get turning tracks, Patel would be more than a handful for the English batsman, with his metronomic ability.
One spins, one does not, and before you know, he has a 5-wicket haul to his name.
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