Akshar Patel has played 30 ODIs and 7 T20Is for India © Getty Images
Akshar Patel has played 30 ODIs and 7 T20Is for India © Getty Images

India all-rounder Akshar Patel was spotted at the Holkar Stadium in Indore to cheer for Gujarat, who are playing the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 final against Mumbai. Akshar had injured himself as a substitute fielder during the fifth Test between India and England at Chennai. As a result, he was ruled out for national selection in the ODI and T20I squads and also missed Gujarat’s Ranji Trophy final, a historic occasion. India are set to play 3ODIs and 3 T20Is against England, beginning January 15. According to sources, Akshar was believed to be in Mumbai on Tuesday for a doctor examination, post which he was allowed to travel to Indore. Gujarat coach Vijay Patel said, “He wanted to be with our team for the historic final.”

Akshar last played for India in the ODI series against New Zealand. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy, Akshar has picked up 7 wickets with his left-arm orthodox and has also scored 245 runs at 49, which includes a highest score of 110 not out. He however did not play in the knockout games for Gujarat due to the same injury, and his last game was against Tamil Nadu last month. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy final, Gujarat have a slight upper hand as they have taken a first innings lead of 63 with 4 wickets in hand.

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Skipper Parthiv Patel top-scored with 90. His 120-run stand for the fourth wicket with Manprit Juneja (77) had given Gujarat the initiative. Once again it has been Abhishek Nayar, who has been pick of the bowlers for Mumbai, with figures of 3 for 91 at the end of Day Two.