IND vs SL Live: ‘Ravindra Jadeja’s Place In Team India Is Gone’. Axar Patel, an all-arounder, played a key role in India’s two-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening Twenty20 encounter of the three-match series on January 3. According to former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Axar has demonstrated consistency across all three forms and is putting Ravindra Jadeja under pressure with his performances.
Axar Patel struck an unbeaten 31 off 20 balls after entering the game when India was struggling at 94/5. In order to assist India to a reasonable score, the left-arm spinner combined with Deepak Hooda on a 68-run partnership. He didn’t get a wicket, but he held off 12 runs in the final over to help India win.
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Axar Patel Has Put Pressure On Ravindra Jadeja – Gautam Gambhir
When given the chance, Axar Patel has consistently played well for India in all three game formats, according to Gautam Gambhir, who was speaking during a conversation on Star Sports. The former Indian opener is confident that Axar would perform at his peak as a result of the tournament.
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“I believe that whenever Axar Patel has been given opportunities and in whichever format, he has performed exceptionally well. It is a good thing. He has put pressure on Jadeja and you want that when you are playing for the Indian team you put pressure on whoever you are playing for,” Gambhir said.
“Axar Patel – whether it is T20 or Test cricket – he is putting pressure in every format and today you also got to see the range. I believe the more options you have is better for the Indian team and Axar as well,” he added.
The Decision Could Have Proved Very Costly – Irfan Pathan
Hardik Pandya handed the ball to Axar to bowl the final six balls with Sri Lanka needing 13 runs off the final over. Irfan Pathan, a former all-rounder for India, commended Axar Patel for defending the aim. The choice to bowl the spinner in the final over, according to Pathan, may have been quite costly.
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“Giving the last over to Axar Patel, according to me, the decision could have proved very costly. But Axar deserves all the praise because you remember the old things. Axar Patel couldn’t defend more than 20 runs against MS Dhoni,” Irfan Pathan said.
“Those things come to your mind when you are back in the same situation, although Dhoni was not there in front of him but there was a batter who had played the big shots. He turned the game in India’s favor by changing his line and length, and the angle as well. You need to praise his character,” he added.