The only player to be retained by Kings XI Punjab ahead of IPL 2018 auction, Axar was a part of Mumbai Indians in IPL 2013. He didn’t get a chance to make his debut and was released ahead of the mega-auction. Axar was bought by Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014 auction and his superlative performances saw him getting selected in the national team even before the final of the league.
Axar was also a part of World Cup 2015 squad but the emergence of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has seen his stocks go down. Still, he is in the scheme of things and is an India A regular.