Is Akshar Patel the new blue-eyed boy of Indian cricket?

All-rounder Akshar Patel, who has hardly played five ODI matches for India, is certainly a strong contender to be in the flight to Australia in February next year for the ICC World Cup.

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Nov 03, 2014, 23:55 PM IST
Is Akshar Patel the new blue-eyed boy of Indian cricket?

New Delhi: All-rounder Akshar Patel, who has hardly played five ODI matches for India, is certainly a strong contender to be in the flight to Australia in February next year for the ICC World Cup.

Even though the southpaw doesn't have much international experience under his belt, he is immensely talented. He came to limelight this season with the help of his stellar performances, while representing Kings XI Punjab franchise. He not only displayed his skills with the ball, but also showed that he can be a match-winner with the bat.

In fact, even after having so many big names in the form of Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, the young lad managed to hog the lime-light with his outstanding display of talent.

The 20-year-old all-rounder impressed many with his all-round show and managed to break into the national team, when he made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in June 2014.

In the last match against Sri Lanka, he first scored 14 runs off mere four balls with the help of two consecutive sixes off Dhammika Prasad in the last over of the India's innings. And then bowled superbly to scalp two wickets in his six overs. And the way he beat Mahela Jayawardene with the flight, who was looking in good nick, speaks volumes about the left-arm spinner.

With his impressive all-round skills, the Gujarat all-rounder can play a crucial role in the forthcoming World Cup, scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand.