Player Profile

Axar Rajeshbhai Patel
Born January 20, 1994 ( 26 Yrs )
Birth Place Anand, Gujarat
Known As
Player Role Bowling Allrounder
Player Bat Style Left Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Left-arm orthodox

Career Information - Teams

India, Gujarat, Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, West Zone, India A, India Red, India B, Durham, Delhi Capitals, India C

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


One of many left-arm orthodox spinners from Gujarat, Axar made his first-class debut for Gujarat at the tender age of 18, in a Vijay Hazare Trophy game in Mumbai and his Ranji Trophy debut in November 2012, but it was only in the 2013/14 season that he started to deliver performances of greater significance, picking up 29 wickets and scoring runs by the barrel.

Axar came into the public limelight after he was signed by the Mumbai Indians for the sixth edition of the IPL. Mumbai didn't utilize him much and he remained largely a fringe player for them throughout the season. Kings XI Punjab, however, roped him in for the next season, which turned out to be a successful move as he emerged as one of the exciting young talents in his first season with the franchise.

A self-proclaimed batting all-rounder, Patel has had some trouble getting chances to bat up the order. Nevertheless, he has troubled many batsmen with his accurate bowling, cramping the batsmen for room and buying wickets - the need of the hour in T20 cricket. Axar ended the IPL with 17 wickets and also scored some crucial runs down the order. Msot importantly though, Axar has come through with the ball for his captain George Bailey in pressure situations with the ball and was thereby a fine choice for the \"Emerging player of the tournament\" award. This earned him a period of probation with the Indian team at the tender age of 20, as he traveled to Bangladesh for the ODI series in 2014. He was impressive against Bangladesh and even did well enough to keep first choice left-armer Ravindra Jadeja out of the side in the homes series against Sri Lanka. After an impressive showing, the selectors decided to persist with him and he retained his spot in the squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

With the Indian bowling attack heavy on pace due to the more seam-friendly conditions in Australia, Axar had to sit out and didn't get a chance to play on the world's biggest stage. He was back in the mix in the subcontinent, though, as India toured Bangladesh in June. Since then, he has been fairly regular in the side as India's first-choice left-arm spinner in limited-overs cricket.

Axar missed out on selection for the 2017 Champions Trophy as the selectors chose the experience of Jadeja ahead of Axar. However, after a dismal show in the tournament, Ravindra Jadeja has been preserved as a red cherry specialist. Pigeonholed as a limited-overs player, Axar is bound to get more opportunities to prove his mettle. With age on his side, and as a focused individual, Axar Patel is one of the finest emerging players in India. With his ability to score quick runs with the bat and the ability to strangle the runs, he is custom-built for the limited-overs formats and is likely to be an asset to the Indian team in the years to come.

By Rishi Roy
As of 26th February 2018


ODI debut vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Jun 15, 2014
Last ODI vs New Zealand at Green Park, Oct 29, 2017
T20 debut vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Jul 17, 2015
Last T20 vs South Africa at Newlands, Feb 24, 2018
IPL debut vs Chennai Super Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Apr 18, 2014
Last IPL vs Kings XI Punjab at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Oct 20, 2020

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 38 20 6 181 38 12.93 190 95.26 0 0 0 8 8
T20 11 7 3 68 20 17 54 125.93 0 0 0 3 3
Test 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
IPL 91 68 22 852 44 18.52 662 128.7 0 0 0 50 39

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 38 35 1908 1409 45 34/3 34/3 4.43 31.31 42.4 0 0
T20 11 11 234 265 9 17/3 17/3 6.79 29.44 26 0 0
Test 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
IPL 91 90 1899 2307 79 21/4 21/4 7.29 29.2 24.04 0 0