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.
Axar burst into the limelight with a string of eye-catching performances in the 2014 IPL for the Kings XI Punjab, picking up 17 wickets, as the team made their first ever IPL final, only to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders. He was also part of India’s squad at the 2015 World Cup.
Patel played just one first-class game in his debut season for Gujarat. Being slotted primarily as a bowling all-rounder, this left-arm spinner got his first IPL contract with Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL of 2013 season. But, he was on the bench for the entire season matches. Axar took 1/59 in his first ODI against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, in 2014.
Rise to Glory
He has been a consistent, if not flashy, performer, in most matches he has played. He was one of the key contributors to India Under-23s' title win in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2013, with seven wickets, including four in the semi-final against UAE. In the 2013-14 season Ranji Trophy, he finished the season with 369 runs at an average of 46.12 and 29 wickets at 23.58. For the 2012-13 season, he was also named the BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the year. 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 was signed up by the IPL franchise for Mumbai Indians in the year of 2013 and then by Kings XI Punjab in 2014 season. He had a great season with Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014, picking up 17 wickets. He was retained by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2015 IPL season for his impressive performances. In addition to taking the wickets, he had scored 206 runs for the Kings XI Punjab in 2015 season.