Former India wicketkeeper makes clear choice between Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja for 2024 T20 World Cup

Ex-Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has chosen Axar Patel over Ravindra Jadeja for the T20 World Cup. Patel believes Axar is better suited for the role due to his capability to bowl effectively in various conditions and his superior batting form.

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Ravindra Jadeja and Axer Patel (Source: Twitter)

With the T20 World Cup just months away all the teams are gearing up to prepare a solid squad for the World Cup and the Indian team is moving in the same direction. The T20 series against Afghanistan has been a preparatory ground for the Indian team to try different combinations since it is the last International series for the Indian team before the World Cup. 

In the Indian team's squad has many good players, who are fighting for a particular spot. Among these one of the spots that has been under serious discussion is the left arm spin all-rounders spot with both the options equally good and nothing separates one from the other.

Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are the two left-arm spin all-rounders who will be fighting for the slot in the playing XI and given the overall competition in the team for all the slots only one of them might be picked in the 15-man squad who will leave for the West Indies and the US.


Parthiv Patel bats for Axar over Jadeja

However, former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has given his input in a quest to settle the all-rounder's debate. He has picked Axar Patel over Ravindra Jadeja for the T20 World Cup as he feels that he is more suited for that role. He believes that Axar's ability to bowl at any time whether it is the powerplays or the death gives the team more stability and his current batting form also gives him an edge over Jadeja.

Speaking to the broadcaster Parthiv Patel said, "His strength is the accuracy with which he bowls. He doesn't bowl in the slot, most of the time. If you want to hit him, you have to hit him using the feet or make room. And using feet is not easy against him because of the pace with which he bowls," Parthiv said on Jio Cinema.

"He is someone who can perform everywhere. In this T20 format, yes, we talk about Ravindra Jadeja, but I think Axar gives you that stability. He bowls in powerplays, and it makes him an even better cricketer."

He further added, "In this format, yes. I think Axar brings in more variety. He doesn't bowl in a one-dimensional way. He bats at any number. If you look at this Indian team, you need a power hitter, and Axar brings that. And in this format, Axar is ahead of Jadeja, as far as I am concerned."  

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