In the shortest format of the game, restricting the run flow is a vital aspect that determines the ultimate outcome of the game. In low scoring encounters, it is essential that one particular bowler bowls continuously in the tight areas to strangle the batsmen and keep a hold on the scoreboard. Doing so often has a colossal impact upon the final result.
In the third T20I between hosts Zimbabwe and India at Harare last evening, Axar Patel bowled miserly in his quota of 4 overs in order to keep a check on Zimbabwe’s run chase. Needing 139 to win, Zimbabwe were never allowed to get ahead, thanks to Patel’s miserly spell, as he conceded just 18 runs in his 4 overs and picked up a wicket.
Post India’s victory, stand in coach Sanjay Bangar lauded Patel for his efforts in the third T20I. “Not just today, throughout the series, he kept the pressure on. Probably, he’s the most economical bowler,” said Bangar. “He was very very consistent. He maintained that pressure throughout,” he added about Patel’s bowling.
Patel has also been quite impressive with his batting in the T20I series and played the role of a finisher for the Indians. His 11 ball knock of 20 had a great bearing in yesterday’s game. “The way he finishes the innings, he got an opportunity in the two T20 games, the first and the third, and he’s proving to be a very good developing player at No. 7 or 8, who is capable of hitting the big shots. I think that’s encouraging for Indian cricket,” said Bangar.