Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has made a huge prediction on Indian spinner Axar Patel after India’s recent Test series win over England. The left-armer picked up 27 wickets in three games, becoming the highest wicket-taker for India in his debut series consisting of 4 matches. On the third day of the 4th Test, the 27-year-old registered his 4th five-wicket haul as India bowled out England for 135, and won the match by an innings and 25 runs.
Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar discussing about India’s Test series win on his Youtube Channel said that Axar Patel might be the quickest bowler to get to 100 Test wickets.
Axar Patel Can Become Fastest Bowler to 100 Test Wickets: Shoaib Akhtar
“Not only did he get a suitable wicket to bowl on, but he is an intelligent bowler too. He wouldn’t have given a chance to the English players when the control was in his hands, and that is what he did,” Akhtar said in a video uploaded on his Youtube channel.
“If he keeps getting a few series like this, he might just become the fastest bowler to 100 wickets. Having said that, England should have played him better,” he added.
Axar Patel besides bagging tose wickets scored a crucial 43 with the bat in the fourth Test and added a 106-run stand with Washington Sundar. The left-arm spinner, after the series win, said that the confidence he gained throughout the series helped him in getting more and more wickets.
The left-arm spinner, after the series win, said that the confidence he gained throughout the series helped him in getting more and more wickets.
“I think the confidence helped me. I got wickets in the first game and kept on carrying the confidence,” Axar had said at the post-match presentation ceremony after the 4th Test on Saturday.
The Gujarat cricketer is also in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20I series against England and will definitely play a few matches after the kind of performances he has shown in the Test series.
India’s T20I squad For England Series
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur