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Axar Patel Reflects On His Three Years Of Struggle Before Making A Successful Test Debut

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By IANS News
February 26, 2021 • 12:13 PM View: 1128

Spinner Axar Patel has said that he concentrated on improving his game to block out the negative thoughts as much as possible when he was out of the Indian team for the past three years.

Patel stormed into the Indian Test team during the four-match series against England, picking two five-wicket haul and six-fer in his debut and second Test to help India come from 1-0 down to leading the series 2-1.

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Patel had already played two ODIs and 11 T20Is for India. However, he had been out of the senior national setup since a T20I against South Africa in Cape Town on February 24, 2018.

"When I was out of the team for the last three years, I was concentrating on what I needed to work on. A lot of people ask why you are not there in the team when you are not selected despite performing so well in the Indian Premier League and for India A," said Patel in a conversation with India teammate Hardik Pandya in a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on its website.

"These questions come to my mind also and so I just think that I will wait for my chance and when I get it I will give it my 100 percent. My friends and family who helped me over the past two-three years, and this includes you (Pandya), all of you have taught me how to tackle problems," he further said.


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