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Axar Patel



Personal information

Full name Axar Rajeshbhai Patel
Born 20 January 1994
Nadiad, Gujarat, India
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Slow Left-arm orthodox
Role Bowling All-rounder

International information

National side India (2014–present)
Test debut (Cap 302) 13 February 2021 v England
Last Test 3 December 2021 v New Zealand
ODI debut (Cap 101) 15 June 2014 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 29 October 2017 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 20
T20I debut (Cap 52) 17 July 2015 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 21 November 2021 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no. 20

Axar Rajeshbhai Patel, also spelled as Akshar Patel, (born 20 January 1990) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Gujarat in domestic cricket and for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He is an all-rounder who plays as a left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He made his ODI debut on 15 June 2014 against Bangladesh. He was selected in India’s 15-man squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. He made his Test debut for India against England on 13 February 2021, where he took 7 wickets. He became the ninth bowler for India to take a five-wicket haul on debut in Test cricket.On 21 November, against New Zealand, he took his T20I career-best figures-3/9 (3) and was awarded the Man of the Match award.

Domestic career

In his second first-class match, against Delhi in November 2013, Patel took 6 for 55 in the first innings. This was his first five-wicket haul.

Patel played just one first-class game in his debut season for Gujarat, but had a more successful showing in 2013. Slotted primarily as a bowling allrounder, the left-arm spinner got his first IPL contract with Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2013, although he was on the bench for the entire season.

He was one of the key contributors to India Under-23s’ title win in the 2013 ACC Emerging Teams Cup, with seven wickets, including a four-for in the semi-final against UAE. He was one of the consistent performers for Gujarat in the 2013/14 Ranji Trophy, finishing the season with 369 runs at an average of 46.12 and 29 wickets at 23.58. In early 2014, he was named the BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the year for the 2012/13 season.

In August 2019, he was named in the India Red team’s squad for the 2019–20 Duleep Trophy. In October 2019, he was named in India C’s squad for the 2019–20 Deodhar Trophy.

IPL career

Patel was signed up by the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians in 2013 but did not get a chance to play until he was released. He was then picked up by Kings XI Punjab in 2014 and had an impressive season with 17 wickets. He was retained by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2015 IPL season. Batting lower down the order, he scored 206 runs for the Kings XI Punjab in 2015 in addition to taking 13 wickets. On 1 May 2016, during a match against the Gujarat Lions, he took four wickets in five balls, including the first (and only) hat-trick of the 2016 IPL season, to pave the way for Kings XI Punjab’s 23-run win against table-toppers Gujarat Lions in Rajkot. He was retained by Kings XI Punjab for the 2018 season.

Axar Patel became the 9th Indian player to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut and only the second left-arm spinner after Dilip Doshi to take a five-for in his debut Test.

In December 2018, he was signed up by the Delhi Capitals in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League. He was retained by Delhi capitals for the 2021 season.

International career

After excellent performance in the 2014 IPL, Patel was rewarded with a place in the Indian ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh and made his ODI debut in the first match of series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and took 1/59 runs. He was part of India’s 15-man squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

He made his Twenty20 International debut for India against Zimbabwe on 17 July 2015. He was named as a stand-by player for India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

In January 2021, Patel was named in India’s Test squad for their series against England. He made his Test debut against England on 13 February 2021 and made his comeback in international cricket after a gap of almost three years. His first international Test wicket was of Joe Root. In the same match, he took a five wicket haul in England’s second innings, becoming the ninth Indian bowler to do so on debut.

In September 2021, Patel was named in India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. However, on 13 October 2021, he was replaced by Shardul Thakur in India’s squad.

In November 2021 , Patel was named in India’s squad for the New Zealand tour of India 2021.


  • BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the Year 2014.
  • Emerging Player of the Tournament in 2014 IPL
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