Axar Patel, the " Emerging Player of IPL 2014 season " had a dream of being an engineer. He never thought of playing professional cricket until the age of 16. Lanky left arm orthodox spinner is a star player of Kings XI Punjab. Ipl 2014 season was turning point of his cricketing career. After his solid performance in ipl 2014 season he got a call for national team and made a debut against Bangladesh.
Axar Patel life story is bit interesting. He was born in Anand, Gujarat, India and grew up in Nadiad, Gujarat. He was well in studies and was school topper till his class X. Axar Patel's cricketing career started because of his friend Dhiren Kansara. Axar said " When i was in class xi, he told me to play inter-school tournament and when there were not enough players to make a team i brought some friends to form a team. But when i got to know that it is not a tennis ball tournament but was a leather ball instead. I was totally feared from leather ball at that age and i refused to play tournament. But Dhiren said that if team will not be formed the school would not get a entry for next 3 years in tournament. I didn't want to suffer the school because of me and i played that tournament."
In that tournament Axar performed well and his performance impressed the secretary of Kheda District team who wanted Axar to play for his side. His father started taking seriously for Axar when he got to know about Axar Patel's cricket potential from his friends. Axar's professional cricket career started from that tournament.But as said above he wanted to become an engineer and he never thought of become professional cricketer. He started to go to play gully-cricket instead of going to cricket practice sessions. His father eventually got to know about his son's misadventures. Axar said " He asked my why i would do that when he provided me all facilities, despite financial problems. I then started taking cricket seriously."
Axar Patel's grandmother would tell axar that she wanted to watch axar in TV playing in blue jersey. When Axar Patel made his international debut, Unfortunately she wasn't there to witness the moment. Axar said " She passed away when i was playing district match and i couldn't be even there for funeral. Then after my desires to play for India and appear on TV strengthened."
IPL 2014 season was biggest turning point of his cricketing career. He played along with big stars like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Captain George Bailey and got training from coach like Sanjay Bangar. He won the award of "Emerging Player of IPL 2014 Season". Then after he awarded place in Indian team squad for a tour of Bangladesh and made a debut in first match of series at Sher-e-Bangla stadium. He was also part of 15 man squad for a series against Sri Lanka and he played in all 5 matches of series and took 11 wickets and made 31 runs at a strike rate of 131.
Axar says " My success has resulted in improving cricket facilities in Nadiad. People now believe that our city also can produce top class cricketers."