Indian left-handed spinner Axar Patel is impressive for the team in the ongoing series of Tests against England. Patel, who made his test debut in the second game of the series, took 11 wickets in the pink ball test in Ahmedabad, taking five for both passes.
Patel’s unique stitching position disturbed the English batsmen, especially on the revolving pitch at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, as visitors were grouped at 112 and 81 respectively in the first and second innings.
In an exclusive interview with India TV, former Indian spinner Maninder Singh said Axar’s line and length sequence was key to his success.
“Axar Patel’s experience with line and length and his ability to fit together makes him stand out,” Singh told India TV.
“Rarely does he make a half volley or a full throw, which makes him successful on pitches like these (Ahmedabad’s Pink Ball Test).”
Singh continued to talk about his horizontal stitch position.
“His horizontal position on the seams is very dangerous for batsmen on such terrains. This is his spare ball – the one that usually travels straight. But sometimes it can turn, which makes it difficult for English batsmen to negotiate,” he said.
However, Singh also believes it may be difficult for Axar to achieve similar success in away tests.
“I don’t think Axar could be as successful in guest straps. His bowling style is quite different and the pitches don’t help as much on the natural turn as they do in India,” Singh said.
(Interviewed by Shubam Pandi)