coffee was ordered but I had to leave and go. Axar Patel on confusion following DC's loss of 3 wickets against SRH in one over
Off the pitch as much as on it, Axar Patel has been in excellent form. The all-rounder has been the team's lone bright spot thus far in a less-than-perfect IPL 2023 season for the Delhi Capitals. Axar's positive attitude off the pitch has also been affected by his remarkable performance with both bat and ball. In nearly every post-match contact, whether it be with the broadcasters or the reporters, the left-arm spinner, who has also been in excellent form with the bat, has been smiling and making people laugh. For DC, Axar's attitude and performance have finally begun to bear fruit as the Delhi-based team recorded successive victories after five straight losses to stay in the playoff race.
Axar Pate's all-around mastery was a major factor in DC's victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by seven runs in a low-scoring game at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad. The left-hander came on to bat when DC were in trouble at 62 for 5, and he and Manish Pandey put together an invaluable 79-run partnership to enable the visitors score a solid 144/9.
Axar opted to work hard with Manish Pandey and abandoned his natural attacking approach. Pandey scored 34 from 27 balls, while he scored 34 runs-per-ball. After the game, the DC vice-captain admitted that when three wickets fell in one over, he had to abandon his coffee in the dressing room and rush out into the middle.
"When I learned that three wickets had gone in one over, I had no idea. I had ordered coffee and left the glass empty. Axar said in the post-game presentation, "I came running into the ground and then started thinking about what to do.
In the eighth over of the game, off-spinner Washinton Sundar claimed the wickets of DC's captain David Warner, Sarfaraz Khan, and Aman Khan. "Pandey and I discussed we need to take it as deep as possible," he remarked.
Axar once again shone out with 2 for 21 as DC bowlers came out firing after yet another disastrous batting performance. The left-arm spinner claimed the surface was a little slow and as a result, he would value his 34 runs more highly than his two ball-side wickets.
When asked about his overall performance, Axar remarked, "2/21 happened because I scored 34 in 34 so the runs were more important." "The ball was coming off slowly because the surface was slow. Since Kuldeep and I have previously bowled successfully in partnerships, I felt that we could tie up the hitters on this surface. Which wicket, Mayank's or Markram's, did he prefer? I keep knocking down batsmen to gain wickets, but getting one off the slower one (Mayank's wicket) was more fun, he remarked.