Axar Patel wants to put his best foot forward in his bid to utilize every opportunity
It is a “little tough” to chill out after two or three games however Axar Patel needs to do his absolute best in his bid to utilize every opportunity that goes along his way while Axar felt the Indian bowlers executed their plans in the three-match series.
A like-for-like replacement of Ravindra Jadeja, the left-arm spinner and useful lower-middle-order batter is still not an India regular although he has 50 plus wickets in ODIs since 2014.
“It is a little tough when you play two matches and suddenly you’ve to sit out,”Axar said at the post-match press conference after India’s 13-run win over Zimbabwe in the third ODI.
“And then again you play two or three matches. It’s tough but I back myself and train my mind to think that this is the opportunity for you to do well,”he added.
In a bid to reinforce its seat for the future and regulate the workload of its top players, the Indian group the board, which has a wealth of ability available to its continues to pivot cricketers.
Axar hopes in such a circumstance keeping a good outlook and treating each game as an opportunity is great.
“If I do well here, I’ll get to play the next game. I can also play with the (cribbing) mindset that I get dropped after getting a couple of opportunities but I take it in a positive way that I’m getting an opportunity to perform for India. If I do well, I’ll improve myself. So it’s on you how you take it.”India completed a 3-0 sweep of hosts Zimbabwe here on Monday.
“I thought this used pitch was a little bit dry and had something for the spinners. I bowled from the other end and tried to bowl the (on) stump lines. I was just waiting for the batter to commit some mistake and fortunately, I got a maiden.
“The way he’s batting, the way he’s converting singles and doubles, the way he’s not playing a lot of dot balls, that to me is the biggest positive,”Axar said.
“When he’s batting, there are always singles and twos coming and he’s able to put the bad balls for boundaries. He players spinners well, rotates the strike, and even plays the sweep and reverse sweep well.”Axar felt the Indian bowlers executed their plans in the three-match series.
“The bowlers were executing their plans. It was good to see the way Avesh (Khan) was bowling the yorkers and slower ones. The way Shardul (Thakur) was mixing up his slower ones and wide yorkers.
“Deepak (Chahar) got three wickets in his comeback match. The way we were executing the plans was a big positive,”he concluded.