Axar – the family’s hero, literally


A small bungalow in the small city of Nadiad, some 60 kilometres from Ahmedabad, tells every little thing that must be instructed about Axar Patel. An ailing father whom he helped “defeat death”, a mom who by no means needed him to play cricket as she feared he would get damage, and a joint household – Patel’s story is finest instructed by the inhabitants of this dwelling.

It’s not onerous to seek out Patel’s residence ‘Rajkiran’. One simply must cease a passer-by; they may present the street which snakes as much as the dwelling of the left-arm spinner, who starred on Test debut with a five-wicket haul in Chennai. In this quiet colony, Patel’s SUV’s is the solely trace of affluence.

As big-time cricket returns to Ahmedabad, at the world’s largest cricket stadium, it’s solely apt if two native lads – Patel and Jasprit Bumrah –function in the Indian taking part in XI.

Happier occasions now From Akshar to Axar, it has been a easy journey for the 28-year-old Gujarat all-rounder. The name-change, as the story goes, was a typo from the college principal on a certificates. Akshar determined to stay Axar.

The household is proud of their son making headlines round the globe. However, two years in the past, they needed to face harsher realities of life. Axar’s father Rajeshbhai had gone for a midnight stroll for tea with pals when he met with an accident that broken the left facet of his cranium. Sitting on his couch, watching the spotlight reel of his son’s five-for, Rajeshbhai says he simply defeated demise.

“I don’t remember much, they (his family) recalled the whole incident for me. Axar was in shock but in those tense moments, showed tremendous maturity. It was with his support that I managed to pull back,” he says.

Axar Patel celebrating a wicket in the second Test in opposition to England. (BCCI)

Patel’s cousin Sanship provides how Rajeshbhai’s head was utterly broken and the way it took 4 months for a miraculous restoration. There was a worry of coma and complete reminiscence loss. Patel did what any offspring would have finished. He poured all his assets into his father’s remedy and was able to fly him overseas. Even in that tense state of affairs, Patel didn’t lose hope, the household says. His father doesn’t discuss a lot nowadays. When he’s away from dwelling, Patel calls each night, enquiring about his father’s well being.

“Luckily, there was no cricket happening when uncle met with the accident. One month later, Axar went to London to play cricket, and was constantly in touch with home. He just wanted his father to be back home,” Sanship recollects.

The household has overcome the trauma and is having fun with the current section. They know that when Ravindra Jadeja returns to the Test facet, Patel may need to make manner. But they don’t need this second to finish quickly.

Nadiad ka Jayasuriya

The stump mikes at Chepauk revealed shouts of “Jayasuriya, left mey ja” from wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Patel’s nickname dates again to his childhood days.

Rajeshbhai, a cricket-lover, had requested his solely son, who was simply 12 then, about his aspiration in life. “I gave him two options – cricket or studies. He chose to play. Next day I took him to a friend who was running a cricket academy in Kheda. Since then he hasn’t looked back,” his father says.

The mornings can be spent coaching and the evenings can be stuffed with tennis-ball cricket underneath lights. This is the place he picked up the moniker ‘Nadiad ka Jayasuriya” from his teammates.

Axar Patel celebrates a wicket with India teammates on the third day of the second Test in opposition to England. (BCCI)

“He used to hit the ball very hard. Pura Jayasuriya ke tarah (Just like Jayasuriya). Everyone wanted him to play for their team but as he got selected for the district and later for Gujarat age-group teams, he realised that he would have to give up tennis-ball cricket,” says his cousin, who used to play with him.

Such was his ardour that Patel used to borrow cash from his father and enroll his staff in native tournaments.

His mom says she by no means needed him to take up cricket for the worry of him getting hit.

“He was too small, even his grandmother objected to him playing cricket, but Axar was stubborn to play. Now I feel it was a good decision not to stop him,” mom Preity says.

Bowler not by selection

Patel by no means needed to be a bowler. However, when he went to the National Cricket Academy throughout his under-19 days, the coaches there felt that he may turn into an honest spinner. He did attempt to be taught the nuances of spin bowling from M Venkatramana and Sunil Joshi however when he tried to provide some loop to the ball, management eluded him and he ended up bowling full-tosses. Patel rapidly realised what his strengths and weaknesses have been.


“People still feel that I am a bit quick, but I can vary my pace. In Gujarat, there are no four-day games. Matches are played on matting pitches. There are T20 games and one-dayers. There, if you give too many runs, matlab bowler achha nahi hai (The bowler is not good). So it all came down to containing. Pads pe maro yaar, toe pe, (fire it on the pads, or toes). That’s how cricket is played at small centres,” Patel had one stated.

Nadiad will stay dwelling

Despite the cash from the Indian Premier League and now worldwide appearances, Patel gained’t be shifting to some other place. His mom says his coronary heart continues to be in his outdated room. A delicate boy, who loves his cell video games, Patel has remained the identical Jayasuriya of Nadiad. The household just lately acquired part of Nadiad’s Shree Santram Temple renovated as an act of thanksgiving.

The household gained’t be travelling to Ahmedabad to look at the Day-Night third Test resulting from Covid -19 issues, however again at dwelling, they’re hoping for extra celebratory moments.

Patel’s success has thrown up one other problem, He has been getting calls from kinfolk in India and overseas, urging him to marry their daughters.

“I have just well-left them all,” the mom quips. “Let Axar enjoy his cricket.”


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