Cricket-India's Patel continues to live the dream

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Axar Patel would never disrespect test cricket by calling it an easy game but the India left-arm spinner accepts he is living a dream after producing another stellar performance in the opening test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Patel completed figures of 5-62 to collect his fifth five-wicket haul in seven innings since he made his test debut against England this year.

Patel is yet to play a test match abroad where pitches would be less conducive to his craft and even at home he remains under the shadow of senior spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the game's longest format.

The 27-year-old, who claimed 27 wickets in three matches in his debut series against England, overshadowed both his spin colleagues on Saturday to help India take a 49-run first innings lead at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium.

"It's been a dream, no doubt," the wiry all-rounder said.

Asked if he wondered what all the fuss was about test cricket, Patel said; "Not at all, test cricket is definitely not easy.

"When New Zealand were going strong at 120 for no loss yesterday, it certainly did not feel easy."

Replying to India's total of 345, New Zealand were 151 for no wicket on Saturday before Patel wrecked their middle order and the tourists eventually folded for 296.

"I just try to enjoy the game whenever I play," Patel said. "When playing alongside Ashwin and Jadeja, I honestly don't think who is the lead spinner among us."

"When I have the ball in my hand, I'm too pre-occupied assessing the pitch and my bowling plans to think of these things."

India will resume day four on 14-1 in the first match of the two-test series.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Ed Osmond)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Cricket

Cricket-Zimbabwe's Taylor faces ban over money received from spot-fixers
Cricket-India must improve through the middle overs, says Dravid
Cricket-England seal one-run win over West Indies to level series
Cricket-Thunder's Khawaja frustrated by controversial Big Bash catch
Cricket-India must take stock after 3-0 series loss to South Africa, says Rahul
Cricket-De Kock ton leads S Africa to ODI series sweep of India
Cricket-Holder shines as West Indies crush England in first T20
Cricket-India-Windies series to be played in two cities due to COVID-19 - BCCI
Cricket-Pandya, Rahul to lead new teams, IPL to begin in March
Cricket-Hazlewood to return from injury for Sri Lanka series

Others Also Read