Rajkot (Gujarat): Following his side’s 91-run win over Sri Lanka in the third T20I, Indian all-rounder Axar Patel said that he feels happier when his side benefits from his batting and skipper Hardik Pandya gave him the confidence to play freely.
Suryakumar Yadav’s blistering knock of 112 combined with a clinical performance of bowlers helped India register a thumping 91-run win over Sri Lanka in the third and final T20I to clinch the three-match series 2-1 here at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday.
“Feel happier when the team benefits from my batting (when compared to bowling). Did not do anything different for this series, just that the captain gave me a lot of confidence in the dugout. He tells me to play freely and tells me that he is there to protect me. We do a lot of planning during team meetings but sometimes things do go wrong and I just focus on doing my plans properly,” said Axar in a post-match presentation.
Axar Patel walked away with the ‘Man of the Series’ award for his all-around efforts. He scored 117 runs in three innings at an average of 117.00 and a strike rate of 195.00. This also includes a fighting knock of 65 runs in the second T20I in a losing cause. He provided vital cameos for his side in every match with his willow.
He also took three wickets in three matches at an average of 24.66 and an economy rate of 7.40.
With this, India has captured the three-match T20I series by 2-1.