Akshar Patel (center) impressed once again in the second ODI versus Australia © Getty Images
Akshar Patel (center) impressed once again in the second ODI versus Australia © Getty Images

Jan 19, 2015

Suresh Raina believes that left-arm spinner Akshar Patel will be the key member of the Indian team in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which begins on February 14.

Raina told the official website of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), “I believe that Akshar [Patel] will be a key bowler for us in this World Cup. He has a fearless nature and he talks without inhibitions. He doesn’t care what others think about him and is very confident and secure about himself. He has a big heart and all he cares about is playing his cricket with all his heart. Such people have a tendency to surprise everyone.”

Raina praised the way Akshar bowled his 10 overs in India’s opening match in the ongoing triangular series in Australia. “He bowled a very good spell. He will be very useful in the Australian conditions. He had Shane Watson in a lot of trouble. He is quick through the air and his length keeps on varying. He has a good slider as well.”

The Indian all-rounder said that the team is shaping up well for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He said, “The good thing about this team is that everyone is encouraged to take up leadership responsibilities. We have come up with a system in the team wherein we form small groups and discuss our performances at length.”

Raina continued, “There is a different leader every day. Among batsmen sometimes it is Virat [Kohli], at times Rohit [Sharma] or me. Ishant  [Sharma], [Mohammed] Shami and Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] take turns with the bowling group. The idea behind this system is for each player to express himself. If you don’t know what a person is thinking or how he is feeling, you tend to assume things about him and wonder why you’re not getting the response you’re looking for.”

“If everyone speaks up, there is an open communication within the team and that helps us understand each other better. It is a very good system that Duncan (Fletcher) has brought into practice,” Raina concluded.

 

Suresh Raina believes that left-arm spinner Akshar Patel will be the key member of the Indian team in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which begins on February 14.       

Raina told the official website of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), “I believe that Akshar [Patel] will be a key bowler for us in this World Cup. He has a fearless nature and he talks without inhibitions. He doesn’t care what others think about him and is very confident and secure about himself. He has a big heart and all he cares about is playing his cricket with all his heart. Such people have a tendency to surprise everyone.”

Raina praised the way Akshar bowled his 10 overs in India’s opening match in the ongoing triangular series in Australia. “He bowled a very good spell. He will be very useful in the Australian conditions. He had Shane Watson in a lot of trouble. He is quick through the air and his length keeps on varying. He has a good slider as well.”

The Indian all-rounder said that the team is shaping up well for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. He said, “The good thing about this team is that everyone is encouraged to take up leadership responsibilities. We have come up with a system in the team wherein we form small groups and discuss our performances at length.”

Raina continued, “There is a different leader every day. Among batsmen sometimes it is Virat [Kohli], at times Rohit [Sharma] or me. Ishant  [Sharma], [Mohammed] Shami and Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] take turns with the bowling group. The idea behind this system is for each player to express himself. If you don’t know what a person is thinking or how he is feeling, you tend to assume things about him and wonder why you’re not getting the response you’re looking for.”

“If everyone speaks up, there is an open communication within the team and that helps us understand each other better. It is a very good system that Duncan (Fletcher) has brought into practice,” Raina concluded.