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IND v AUS – What worked for Axar: Leg stump guard, avoids stepping out against spinners News WAALI

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Axar Patel’s batting has been India’s biggest gain in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the Gujarat all-rounder had a few rules of thumb that ensured he ended up as India’s second highest run-getter in the four-match Test series against Australia.

Axar scored 264 runs with three 50+ knocks – 84 in Nagpur, 74 in Delhi and 79 in this ongoing match.

Even if the Motera track is considered quiet, the 22-yard strips at Jamtha and Kotla posed their own sets of challenges and the southpaw was up for it.

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“When we started with the camp in Nagpur, we knew we would be playing on turning tracks. I didn’t prepare or plan much but I did my own study for playing on spinning tracks,” said Axar to the media after the end of the fourth day. play in this fourth and final Test.

So, what was the basic plan that followed?

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“I just prepared myself to stand on the leg-stump to keep an eye on the possible leg-before and stump, as these are the two methods of dismissal that can occur on turning tracks. I also planned not to step out much against away. I was preparing myself for these things before the series started,” said Axar about his plans.

The affable comedian laughed when asked if he regretted missing out on a potential three centuries.

“You’ve rubbed salt into wounds (laughs). The way I was batting… and I know the chances I’ve missed don’t come often. Bade run karne the (it was must score big).

“The positive thing is that I batted the way I wanted and we had a good partnership (with Virat Kohli) when the team needed it. I think about what you said (smiles again) but I don’t thinking about it too much at the moment). I might feel (bad) about it more when I come back to the room.”

The next possible Test match could be the World Test Championship final against Australia at the Oval in London and India might go in with one spinner and that might be Ravindra Jadeja.

“What you are saying about me getting the place in the XI (for the WTC final), it is not in my hands and I can’t do anything about it. I perform in the chances I get and focus on what is in my hands. The coach and the captain decide the XI and my job is to perform consistently and earn that place in the XI.”

No specific message from the dressing room

Axar said there was no specific message from the dressing room and the only strategy was to play positively.

“When I was batting with Virat bhai, there was no specific message from the team. Virat bhai told me to keep playing positively, like me. Once we set up, the bowlers were not getting much help from on the field as well.After I settled in, I was connecting deliveries that were on my radar.

“Virat bhai was also saying that 50 is now done and I can think a lot as there are 22 overs left in the day’s play. There was no message around declaration or playing fast. The pitch was the way and it was batted on 150 and I was over 50. , so runs were coming in the flow.”

“You only wanted five day Tests on people”

The first three Tests finished well within three days and a question was raised if he is surprised that the game has reached the fifth day.

“After the first three games, everyone said a game that ended in three days. Now a game going to a fifth day, and you say it’s a surprise. It’s not in our hands,” said Axar.

“We thought we would be bought from the wicket but we didn’t. We have to play according to the wicket. We were a bit surprised that only the first innings ended in the first four days. We can’t do much and we can hope that we come tomorrow and win,” he concluded.

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