India Today – Highlights1Axar picked up 3/34 in the first ODI2This was his career-best figures in ODIs3He was picked ahead of Kuldeep in the team for the first ODIIt would have been easy for Indian cricket fans to forget all about Axar Patel, the wiry left-arm spinner from Gujarat.

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  • Highlights1Axar picked up 3/34 in the first ODI2This was his career-best figures in ODIs3He was picked ahead of Kuldeep in the team for the first ODIIt would have been easy for Indian cricket fans to forget all about Axar Patel, the wiry left-arm spinner from Gujarat.
  • In the following months, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jayant Yadav inspired with their headline-grabbing performances while senior pros R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja went on a record-breaking spree in Test cricket.
  • Coming in to bowl in the 22nd over, Axar’s snared 3/34 off his 10 overs as Sri Lanka lost their way from 118/1 to 216 all out.
  • “I wanted to contain the Sri Lankans because we had conceded a few in the first 10 overs and I was happy to get a wicket after two overs,” Axar told teammate Jasprit Bumrah for an interview with the BCCI website.
  • He could have considered himself a little unfortunate when Shikhar Dhawan picked up the man-of-the-match despite a brilliant spell of left-arm spin bowling but Axar insisted the senior pro deserved it.


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