Delhi Capitals spinner Axar Patel had a game to remember on his first outing in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League after recovering from coronavirus. The left-arm spinner bowled a brilliant Super Over in DC’s fifth match of IPL 2021 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Mumbai.
Following DC’s emphatic Super Over win on Sunday, Axar revealed how he convinced Rishabh Pant to hand him the ball to bowl the crucial over.
Notably, DC head coach Ricky Ponting and skipper Pant had decided to pick Avesh Khan for the nail-biting Super Over against David Warner-led side. But the 27-year-old bowler explained to them that a spinner would be a much better option on the turning track of Chepauk rather than a pacer.
The decision to give the ball to Axar worked well for the Delhi-based franchise as he kept the two prolific batsmen, Kane Williamson and David Warner at bay and conceded just seven runs.
“I was just thinking that it is very difficult to score runs against a spinner on this wicket. I felt a spinner would be much better than a fast bowler on this wicket,” Axar told Avesh during a candid chat after the match.
“I went to the captain and explained how it would be difficult for the left-hander to target one side of the boundary, and the right-hander can get out if he takes a chance while targeting the shorter side,” the Gujarat-born pacer added.