Delhi Capitals left-handed spinner Axar Patel said he competed with the high-octane Super Over in their Indian Premier League victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad here, which was his first game since recovering from COVID-19. After surprisingly passing the ball to the decisive, Axar allowed only seven runs against the marauding duo of David Warner and Kane Williamson and paved the way for DC’s victory on Sunday night.
“When I was in the locker room, I knew the terrain would help the spinners,” Aksar told the challenging Chepauk track.
“When we went down, there was a lot of discussion. At first we thought we could go with a pacer, because they would send a left-right combination.
Then, just as we were going to the ground, I thought even a spinner could be effective. So I told Rishabh, “Even I can bowl, think about it.” So he talked to (coach) Ricky (Ponting) and in at the last moment it was decided to surrender. “
This move paid off quite well, as Axar uses its variations for a deadly effect. Axar, who joined the DC camp just three days before their match against SRH after recovering from COVID-19, also bowled beautifully in the regulatory match and returned excellent figures of 2/26 in his four-over quota.
A few sessions with the team and he was getting ready.
“I was ready from the end,” he said when asked to return to player XI. The team management asked me how I was feeling after (recovery from) Covid. You know your body better. I had already done four sessions. At Chennai’s door, the ball comes slowly and spins. I told the management that I was in a good match, so they told me that if I was ready, I would play right away, “added the left-handed spinner.
The fact that Axar came out great in their debut test series against England and equally impressive performances in matches with limited shots before IPL he must have added to his confidence by heading for the lucrative league.
“I bowled well even before COVID – both in the tests and in the T20,” he said. “I had that confidence. I didn’t think too much about COVID … it was obviously a disappointing phase.”