Delhi Capitals spinner Aksar Patel was worried that his “rhythm” was affected by the COVID-19 interruption, but the brilliant Super Over display helped him regain confidence in the recently halted Indian Premier League (IPL).
Axar, playing his first game since recovering from COVID-19, volunteered to take the Super Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad and lost just seven games against David Warner and Kane Williamson.
In an exclusive interaction with India TV, Axar revealed how he approached skipper Rishabh Pant and asked if he could buy Super Over. Pant spoke with coach Ricky Ponting before going with Axar instead of Pacer Avesh Khan.
“I was in good shape and then suddenly this COVID happened. I was also worried about whether COVID would affect my rhythm and how my body would react after the fight against the virus. In the first game, my recovery from COVID was tested while bowling Super “Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Then I became more confident because my rhythm was intact,” said Axar.
“I thought I or R Ashwin would be bowling Super Over. But then I saw the think tank gathered around Avesh Khan. I was sure I could do better than Avesh in the conditions. Then I went up to Rishabh and said, that he can buy Super Over without giving a lot of tracks.
Pant consulted with Coach Ponting and he gave the captain the freedom to take the final call. I knew I could be a hero or a zero. In a few moments my heartbeat intensified. But I had the confidence and the mental strength to pull me out, “said Aksar.
After a great outing in his debut Test series against England, the 27-year-old will now travel with the Indian contingent for the WTC final against New Zealand and a series of five tests against the Three Lions. Good at everything Ravindra Jadejaa return to the test fold and the presence of Aksar, Ashwin and Washington Sundar in the ranks could do well for India on their four-month grueling tour of England.