Vastavam web: Axar Patel today made it clear that he does not consider himself as a substitute of Ravindra Jadeja in the limited overs format and will “automatically” get selected if he is doing well.Patel, who has been preferred over seasoned pro Jadeja has played 8 ODIs since August taking 10 wickets and more importantly has been economical in most of the games.After losing the first ODI against New Zealand in Mumbai, where Tom Latham repeatedly played the sweep shot against Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian team changed it’s ploy bring in Axar, which worked for the ‘Men In Blue’.
“They played the sweep (shot) well in the first game. We knew that against spinners that was the strategy they will adopt and we formalised our strategy as per that by changing the angle by bowling over and round the wicket (in turns),” said Patel, who plays for Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy.”The captain backs you when you do well. I have been playing from the second ODI. He gives me the freedom to bowl what I want to. He leaves it to on us (him and Chahal) to decide on what to do. He says if that plan doesn’t succeed even then I will back you, which gives us confidence to bowl with a free mind,” said the lanky left-arm orthodox, who had splendid figures of 2 for 20 in four overs in the first T20 International in Delhi.
He has always been assigned a specific role by the team management to contain runs and he has done that with a fair amount of success…
“My role is the same. The wrist spinner (Yuzvendra Chahal in this case) gets turn on most wickets and his role is to attack more and try to take wickets in middle overs. Finger spinner’s aim is to contain from one end. If pressure is put from both ends, there are more chances of getting the wickets,” said Patel.While he plays Ranji Trophy for Gujarat and IPL for Kings XI Punjab, the Rajkot Stadium (Saurashtra’s home ground) has been like a second home for him.