Axar Rajeshbhai Patel, is an Indian Cricketer born in Gujarat in 20th of January 1994. He plays the role of all-rounder for Gujarat, King XI Punjab and India. An all-rounder, he is a hard-hitting left-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler.
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In his debut Ranji Trophy season of 2012, he played only one match, but he had an exceptional 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season as he was amongst the most consistent players for Gujarat as he made 369 runs at an average of 46.12 and took 29 wickets at an economy rate of 23.58 in 7 matches. The left-arm orthodox spinner was one of the key contributors to India Under-23s' title win in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2013, with seven wickets, including a four-for in the semi-final against UAE. As a result, he was awarded “BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the Year” in 2014. 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.
Axar Patel, the bowling all-rounder from Gujarat, had earned his maiden IPL contract with Mumbai Indians in 2013, and a switch to KXIP the following season made him a household name in the competition in the years that followed. Axar even took a hat-trick for Kings XI Punjab against Gujarat Lions in IPL 9 (2016) by dismissing Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja in succession.
After being a regular in the KXIP line-up, Axar was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for a whopping Rs 5 crore at the IPL auctions ahead of the 2019 season, making him the second most expensive player for the franchise. He was later retained by the Delhi franchise for the IPL 2020. Axar’s inclusion in the side adds to the balance in the bowling department, with his left-arm orthodox spin perfectly complementing the leg-spinners in the ranks.
After an impressive showing in the 2014 IPL, Patel was rewarded with a place in the Indian ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh. He was also a part of 15 man squad for the 5 match series against Sri Lanka where he played in all 5 matches and took 11 wickets and made 31 runs at a strike rate of 178. The selectors decided to persist with him and he retained his spot in the squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. However, he didn’t get a single match during the course of the tournament and warmed the bench. On 20 June 2016, Axar moved to 13th place in ICC ODI rankings after he took three wickets against Zimbabwe, he was just three places behind India's highest ranked bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.
Axar also missed out on selection for the 2017 Champions Trophy as the selectors chose the experience of Jadeja ahead of Axar. After Champions Trophy, the selectors ejected out Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the side and it looked like Axar would become a regular feature in the side but the emergence of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal meant that the Gujarat lad to make his way for them. Axar last played an ODI in 2017 against New Zealand.
He made his Twenty20 International debut for India against Zimbabwe on 17 July 2015. He bowled his full quota of 4 overs, conceding 17 runs and taking 3 crucial wickets in his debut that included the likes of Hamilton Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura and Sikandar Raza. Axar later went to play against the Proteas when they came touring the country in 2015. He played 2 matches and picked a solitary wicket. His last T20I came against South Africa in South Africa on 24 February 2018.
Axar never wanted to be a cricketer, instead, he wanted to be a mechanical engineer. When he was 15 years old, his friend Dhiren Kansara first noticed his cricketing talent and suggested him to play an inter-school tournament. His first name’s spelling was “Akshar”, but because of is school principal’s mistake he spelt it as “Axar” in the school leaving certificate, and since then he has been using this name.