New Delhi: India’s left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who is part of the India squad that is take up for England in June for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand after that for five Test matches against England. Prior to the WTC final, he said, “England batsmen do not read the ball from their hands and they only have sweep and reverse-sweep shots to counter the spin.”
The 27-year-old Patel said in an interview with the Indian Express Newspaper “If they are in doubt whether it’s spinning or not, they just play sweeps and reverse-sweeps. If one bowls stump-to-stump, then it gets tough for them but if the ball is pitched outside off-stump or leg-stump they go for the sweep. They don’t read the ball from my hand, instead, they go by where it’s pitched.”
Patel said that he never got frustrated despite not getting opportunities since he knew he was in the scheme of things and had to grab opportunities.
“I don’t get easily frustrated. I was part of India A side and was in the scheme of things. It was about grabbing my chances. There were days when I did get frustrated. I was doing well but was not finding a place. But there are many players who are performing in domestic cricket but can’t get a break because players in the Indian team are performing well. It is important to wait for your time and when a chance comes, just grab it,” he added.
“I don’t feel I was lacking anything. Unfortunately, I was injured and lost my place in the ODIs. In Tests, Jadeja and Ashwin were doing well. The way Jadeja was performing, it was very hard for any other left-arm spin all-rounder to find a place. The wrist spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – were doing well. It was due to the team combination that I was out. When I got a chance, I just tried to prove myself,” he added.
The Gujarat-born player said he is different from others since he bowls quicker and with pace.
“I don’t think much, I have played in all conditions. It depends on how consistent I’m. My bowling is different from others, I bowl with pace and bowl quicker ones. I can add that ball that can spin and I’m practicing it. Whenever I meet any senior player, be it Anil bhai Kumble or Ashwin, I ask them what more I can do. I take inputs and try to improve my bowling,” he further said.
He picked up 27 wickets in three Tests against Joe Root-led team in the home series that was held in March.