Shreyas Iyer helped me to adapt to the capitals of Delhi without problems: Axar Patel
NEW DELHI: Capitals of Delhi spinner Axar Patel has accredited employer Shreyas Iyer for helping you adjust to your new IPL team smoothly after spending half a decade with Punjab Kings XI .
The 26-year-old was picked up by the Capitals of Delhi in the IPL 2019 Auction for Rs five crore and picked up 10 wickets apart from scoring 110 runs in his first season.
"I've played with Shreyas at India A also, and when I came to Capitals of Delhi , it was really easy for me because we bond really well," he said while speaking on the franchise's official Instagram handle during a live session.
On the field, he gives his bowlers freedom and allows him to adjust the fields. He's also quite patient, and I really enjoyed playing under him.
Patel said he was concerned about his future at the time of the auction.
"I was sceptical at first because I had spent five years at the Punjab franchise, and I didn't know where my future would lie. But when I was picked up by Capitals of Delhi , I was really excited because the team had so many players I had played with before.
It was a little different in the first few days when I joined the preseason camp, but it didn't take me long to adjust to the team due to the mood in the team, he said.
Reflecting on his first season with the franchise, Patel said: I feel like when you win, the feeling is very different and confidence is high.
We had a great combination on our team, and the atmosphere of the team was such that it brought out the best in all of us. Getting to the play-offs in my first season with the franchise was great.
Coach Ricky ponting It would reward a high-performance player with an exclusive badge, and Patel said he won it multiple times.
Ricky would award a separate Man of the Match Award in the locker room to someone who used to contribute to the team. I ended up winning five times, and it ended up being a good recognition for me personally, and it felt good to have contributed to the team's victories, he said.