Fifth T20I Man of the Match winner against West Indies, Axar Patel stated that his main focus was on varying his pace where bowlers struggle or they don’t have much support from the Pitch. He had a wonderful series as a batsman and played some good knocks that helped Men in Blue to cross the line. His bowling performance was also above par in the whole series.
The Indian team handed over a humiliating win to the Men in Maroon in the 5th T20I and ended their tour on a high note. After scoring a huge total of 188, the Indian bowling attack dismantled the Caribbean team on 100. The left-arm spin bowling of Axar Patel dismissed any possibilities of West Indies getting a good start in the second inning and picked up 3 important wickets, and after that West Indies wasn’t able to recover from the early blow.
“My plan was to vary my pace. I knew the wickets were slow. And tried to bowl stump to stump. The main thing is that I need to back my strength, because in T20s, batters try to hit you. So you just focus on bowling good areas and using your strength and your pace,”
Axar said after the match.
Axar also denied being labeled as a bowling or batting all-rounder.
“The wickets felt similar to the ones I played in the Caribbean earlier on. The wickets for the one-dayers were similar, and then when I played the last two T20Is, it helped.
“I am an all-rounder – doesn’t matter whether it is batting or bowling. The day I bat well, I’ll be a batting all-rounder. The day I bowl well, you can call me a bowling all-rounder,”
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