Former Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund has lauded spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel for his exceptional performance in India’s victory over Australia in the fourth T20I match in Raipur. Patel’s brilliant spell of spin bowling played a pivotal role in India’s triumph, earning him the well-deserved ‘Player of the Match’ award.
In a match where the Australian batters put the Indian bowlers under pressure, Patel emerged as the standout performer, consistently troubling the opposition batsmen. With figures of 3/16 in his four overs, Patel effectively restricted Australia’s run-scoring and contributed significantly to India’s 20-run victory.
Mukund, during an interview with Sports 18, highlighted Patel’s exceptional ability to apply pressure on the batters, especially in a situation where other bowlers struggled to find their rhythm. “In a game where every single bowler was put under a little bit of pressure, one bowler who put pressure on the batters was Axar Patel,” Abhinav Mukund stated.
He further emphasized Patel’s consistent performance whenever he receives opportunities, asserting that he deservedly earned the title of India’s top performer in Raipur.
“To me, Axar Patel is a bit unlucky, in the whole context of it, in terms of not getting enough opportunities but whenever he gets opportunities, he does well. He has again put his hat in the ring by saying – ‘This is me, this is my skill set and this is what I do best.’ Deservedly to me, he is the top performer today,” Abhinav Mukund added.
Patel’s impressive performance in the fourth T20I further reinforces his reputation as a reliable and consistent performer for the Indian team. His ability to control the flow of runs and take crucial wickets has been a valuable asset to India’s bowling attack.
As India prepares for the final match of the T20I series against Australia, Patel will undoubtedly be a key player, looking to continue his outstanding form and contribute to India’s overall success.