New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 12, 2024 10:44 IST
All-rounder Axar Patel, who was forced to miss the ODI World Cup due to injury, is hoping to perform well in IPL 2024 and the five-match Test series against England to revive his prospects of making it into the Indian squad Qualifying for T20 World Cup 2024 in June.
Axar performed admirably in the first T20 International against Afghanistan in Mohali on Thursday, taking two wickets and surrendering 23 runs in four overs.
“My job is to give 100% to my work ethic and process. I’m not too worried about what will happen with the World Cup team selection and if I do, I’ll put pressure on myself. Right now, I want to focus on IPL and then we also have a Test series coming up against England,” Axar said in the post-match press conference.
India have just two more T20Is scheduled before the World Cup, which will be held in the West Indies and the United States, and Axar is aware that there will be too many competitors for a place in India.
“Yes, we will play the last two T20Is before the World Cup, and then we have the IPL. I know there is a lot of competition out there (for a WC berth for the Indian team), but the My competition is for myself and I just want to focus on adding to my skills,” he added.
Axar says polishing his skill level began during his rehabilitation at NCA.
“Unfortunately I was injured during the World Cup and missed out. But I looked at it positively and tried to improve my game. I worked on my time at the NCA – things like line and length, slower balls and variations like that. I am trying to add something to my bowling as a left-arm bowler, as we don’t have as much variation as leg-spinner such as googly. But I’m looking to add that 5 or 10 percent to my bowling,” Axar added.