It’s a strange coincidence that two left-arm spinners celebrate their birthdays today (January 20). And that too from India and South Africa when the two countries are locked in a historic Test series. Left-arm orthodox Indian spinner Axar Patel celebrates his 24th birthday today, while left-arm chinaman bowler Paul Adams turns 41 today. Here are few lesser-known things about these bowlers.
It’s not Kings XI Punjab that Axar Patel made his IPL debut. Instead, it was Mumbai Indians with whom Axar first played for in 2013 IPL. But he did not get a single game in that tournament.
Axar Patel has taken a hat-trick in 2016 IPL against Gujarat Lions. But he even conceded 23 runs in the last over of the match to MS Dhoni of RPS to lose the match for Kings XI Punjab.
Axar Patel is the only player to be retained by Kings XI Punjab in 2018 IPL before the big auctions. He was retained at Rs 12 crore ahead of big names such as Glenn Maxwell and Murali Vijay.
Axar was named the BCCI Under-19 cricketer of the year for the 2012/13 season. He was named Emerging Player of the Year’ for IPL 2014 after taking 17 wickets for Kings XI Punjab.
Axar was chosen in 2015 World Cup squad ahead of big names such as Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. But he did not get a single game.
The former South African spinner had a unique bowling action and was even likened to ‘frog in a blender’ by Mike Gatting.
Adams was discovered by former South Africa great Eddie Barlow. Adams, then according to reports, knew nothing of googlies and chinaman.
He was known as ‘Gogga’ meaning insects to his friend. Or, he was simply called ‘Goges’.
Adams is the second highest Test wicket-taker for South Africa among spinners. He has taken 134 Test wickets after Hugh Tayfield’s 170 wickets.
Adams was left-arm chinaman bowler. But he batted right-handed and even has two fifties in First-Class Cricket.