Axar Patel opens up on ODI World Cup snub


Axar Patel who was not part of India`s World Cup squad expressed that he was upset for not securing a spot within the squad and it took him every week to recover from that disappointment. Axar missed out as a result of a left quadricep harm which he confronted throughout Asia Cup 2023 and veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin changed him within the squad.

After World Cup snub, Axar is raring to characteristic within the T20 World Cup which can start in West Indies and USA subsequent 12 months. The preparation for a similar has already begun, the all-rounder talked about.

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All-rounder Axar Patel was unable to placed on a powerful present with the willow however helped India to defend the goal later within the second innings. Patel dismissed three of Australia`s batting mainstays together with World Cup remaining centurion Travis Head. Including the wicket of Head, Patel later went on to dismiss Ben McDermott and Aaron Hardie. Axar Patel shone by conceding simply 16 runs in his four-over spell. Men in Blue received the match by 20 runs and claimed the sequence win in opposition to the Aussies

“Obviously, you are bound to be (disappointed). The World Cup was in India, but that injury happened. For the first few days, I was thinking about it, not being able to play due to injury,” Axar instructed reporters in the course of the post-match press convention.

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“But, the staff was doing properly, so after 5-10 days, I used to be again to coaching and was doing my rehab. But, sure, when you find yourself out as a result of harm and people 5-10 days you aren’t capable of do something, you do really feel a bit unhealthy. After that, I returned to routine life.

“I was upset, but it happened due to an injury; it`s not in anyone`s hands. It`s part and parcel of the game.”
Axar made a powerful return to worldwide cricket, claiming 5 wickets within the sequence thus far together with his three-wicket haul establishing the 20-run win for India within the fourth T20I right here on Friday evening.

“If you are away from international cricket for some time due to injury and then come back, you try to prove yourself and you also have to look after your body, so I also took one match (at a time),” he mentioned.
“When you come from harm you attempt to preserve that a part of the physique secure. You are usually not capable of give your full effort. It stays behind my thoughts.

“It doesn`t occur in that approach as a result of the coach already tells you that nothing will occur however whereas sprinting, you are feeling what if one thing occurs once more to the quadricep.

“But the first couple of matches, I was back to routine. Now I don`t feel anything like that and the work that I put in the last one-and-a-half months, I am reaping the reward now, so I am happy overall.”

“Before the T20 World Cup, I don`t think India has a lot of T20 games scheduled, maybe 9-10 matches. So, we have to plan from now and prepare as there is the World Cup in June and then there is IPL in between, so the planning is going on,” he mentioned.

“All the players have been told about their respective roles, in what position they will play and once Rahul (Dravid) sir is back, there will be a detailed discussion but we know what we have to do in this series, so there is no confusion.”
Axar, who has taken 44 wickets in 49 T20Is, was omitted from the T20I squad for the upcoming South Africa tour with Ravindra Jadeja changing him.

Asked if he was fired up as a result of snub, Axar mentioned, “It is just not like that if I might have gone for runs then you definitely would have mentioned that I used to be upset. I used to be regular.

“…there was nothing in my mind that I have to prove myself for that. I have been doing well and this is not my decision and I didn`t think much about that. I am just happy I got wickets today.”

“I didn`t change my bowling much. There was dew in the last three matches, so we were bowling back of length but there was no dew today, so we could give the ball flight as the seam was not too wet,” he mentioned.

“There was grass on the pitch, so some balls were skidding, so they were facing difficulties. I have also been varying my pace for the last three matches, sometimes going for a few slower ones in between.”

Partnership with Ravi Bishnoi

Axar fashioned a formidable left-right spin mixture with younger Ravi Bishnoi, who produced figures of 4-0-17-1.
“Throughout the series, he has been bowling well. His speed has been troubling the Australians, especially his googly and he has been working on his leg spin.”

(With PTI Inputs)

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