New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab are a side which comprises of some of the most swashbuckling cricketers. In a line-up that boasts of players like Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey, it is fantastic to see a youngster like Akshar Patel play a match-winning knock.
On Saturday against the Barbados Tridents, Punjab needed 44 off 21 balls when Patel joined David Miller in the middle. While his job would have been to give maximum strike to his South African partner, the southpaw played a superb nine-ball 23 as KXIP registered their second consecutive win in CLT20 2014.
Punjab needed 25 off the last two overs as Ravi Rampaul – Tridents' most experienced bowler came to bowl the penultimate over with Patel on strike. Patel hit three boundaries off the first five balls and pulled the last one for a convincing Six. With five needed off the last six balls, Patel had done a tremendous job for his team.
Patel was not a known figure before IPL 2014. But Kings XI Punjab, a franchise which entertained unheralded players for IPL 2014, turned him into a star. The youngster too made sure he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. As a result of his good show, he was included in the Indian team for their tour to Bangladesh.
At at the age of 20, Patel has a very positive body language and his all-round skills could get him a place in India's World Cup squad.