Ripal Vinubhai Patel, popularly known as Ripal Patel is an Indian Cricketer born on 28th September 1995 in the city of Nadiad, Gujarat. He is a middle-order batsman known for scoring runs quickly and also chipping in with some wickets by bowling right-arm medium-pace.
Ripal Patel has not played a single first-class match in his career yet. The Gujarat-born player has represented his home state in List-A and T20 cricket only. Patel made his List-A debut versus the Bengal cricket team at Jaipur on September 24, 2019. He scored nine runs off ten deliveries against Bengal before losing his wicket to Ashok Dinda.
The 25-year-old has not been so successful in List-A cricket. He has scored 111 runs in eight List-A innings, with his highest score being 35. His batting average in the List-A format is 13.87.
However, his numbers in T20 cricket are much better. Ripal Patel played his first domestic T20 match against Saurashtra at Surat on November 11, 2019. He scored a 5-ball three on his T20 debut but has 191 T20 runs to his name at a strike rate of 189.1 in nine T20 innings now.
Patel has made a name for himself with his six-hitting skills. In his List-A career, the middle-order batsman has smashed six fours and seven sixes. Meanwhile, in the game’s shortest format, Ripal has smacked 15 fours and 14 sixes for Gujarat.
He has never scored a half-century in domestic cricket. However, his ability to hit the ball out of the park helped him earn the IPL franchises’ attention.
Ripal Patel has not played a single IPL match in his career. The 25-year-old from Nadiad bagged his maiden IPL contract at the 2021 auction where the Delhi Capitals Team signed him at his base price of INR 20 lakh. With the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes present in DC’s big-hitting options, it will be interesting to see if the Capitals include youngster Ripal Patel in their playing XI.
Hailing from Nadiad, Ripal Patel secured his maiden IPL deal thanks to his incredible big-hitting skills. As mentioned ahead, he has hit more sixes than fours in List-A cricket. Big-hitters have always been in demand in the IPL. Over the years, Gujarat has produced some fantastic big-hitters like Hardik Pandya and Yusuf Pathan. It will be exciting to see how Ripal Patel performs in his debut IPL season in IPL 2021.