Durham sign Indian bowling all-rounder
Cheteshwar Puja is already playing in the county circuit of England for Yorkshire with Virat Kohli reportedly soon to join him whilst representing Surrey. There is, however, another Indian player who can join his compatriots in England.
Kings XI Punjab’s slow-left arm bowling all-rounder Axar Patel is set for a county stint with Durham and will debut for his new team on August 19th against Glamorgan in Cardiff, Wales.
He joins the list of Indian players playing in the county this season – that also includes Ishant Sharma for Sussex and Varun Aaron for Leicestershire – and will play in six matches in total. His three home games will be against Northamptonshire, Sussex and Middlesex while he will conclude his county stint with away games against Leicestershire and Warwickshire.
The slow-left arm bowler made his first-class debut in 2012 and has taken 79 wickets in the format from 23 games with an average of 30.37. He also has a century to his name in first-class cricket and has scored 1163 runs from 30 innings with a healthy average of 48.45.
His numbers certainly prove that he is a handy all-rounder and could do a decent job for his new team. The more important thing is that playing in the county will improve him as a player as almost every Indian player that went there returned with a stronger mindset and skills further honed.
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