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India vs England: Was extremely happy to dismiss in-form Joe Root for my maiden Test wicket, says Axar Patel

On Sunday, Axar Patel managed to get Joe Root to miscue a sweep shot and Ravichandran Ashwin took an easy catch to send the England skipper back to the pavilion for a score of 6.

All-rounder Axar Patel celebrates after dismissing England skipper Joe Root. (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Axar Patel finished with bowling figures of 2-40 in his 20 overs
  • He managed to get two important wickets of Joe Root and Moeen Ali
  • Axar was suppose to play the first Test against England as well but was ruled out due to an injury

All-rounder Axar Patel made his Test debut for India in the second Test match against England on Saturday and dismissed the opposition skipper Joe Root to earn his maiden wicket.

On Sunday, he managed to get Root to miscue a sweep shot and Ravichandran Ashwin took an easy catch to send the England skipper, who has been in tremendous form, back to the pavilion for a score of 6.

Speaking about dismissing Joe Root for his maiden Test wicket, Axar on Sunday said that he was extremely happy to dismiss the in-form batsman and had a plan against the England skipper.

“When I was watching the first Test I noticed that Joe Root plays a lot of sweep and reverse sweep shots, and I thought that with the speed that I bowl at, I had the opportunity to get him out, and I wanted my first wicket to be his dismissal.

“I thought that if he tries to sweep my delivery, he may get out LBW. When he went for the sweep shot and made the mistake, to get an in-form batsman who has recently hit multiple centuries and double centuries. You can see it in the video how happy I was to get the wicket,” Axar Patel said at the end of Day 2.

A good debut for Axar Patel

It was a dream debut for Axar as he managed to get two important wickets of Joe Root and Moeen Ali and finished with bowling figures of 2-40 in his 20 overs.

Axar was suppose to play the first Test against England as well but was ruled out due to an injury and Shahbaz Nadeem was given an opportunity, but could not capitalise on the chance.

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