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'Cool' MS Dhoni always backs junior players: Axar Patel to India TV

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel said India are ready to face Australia in the upcoming limited-overs series after their dominating show against Sri Lanka.

Written by: Subhasish Dutta, New Delhi [Updated:08 Sep 2017, 4:05 PM IST]
Axar Patel
A file image of Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah.Photo:AP IMAGE

Young left-arm spinner Axar Patel praised the camaraderie between the young and the senior players in the dressing room after India's dominant performance in the Sri Lanka tour. The Indian team performed exceptionally well in Sri Lanka, whitewashing the hosts 9-0 across all three formats of the game. Virat Kohli's team won the Test series 3-0, one-day international series 5-0 and also defeated the hosts in the lone T20I. Axar said the senior players share a great bonding with the youngsters and are always available to guide them.

"Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) and all senior players gel well with the youngsters and they are cool. They back us very well," Axar told India TV in an exclusive chat.

Axar was called in as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja, who was suspended for the third Test against Sri Lanka. However, he only got a chance to play in the limited-overs series. And he didn't disappoint.

Axar, who was playing for India after 8 months, ended as the team's second highest wicket-taker in the five-match ODI series behind Jasprit Bumrah. The Gujarat bowler said he was happy to do well for the team.

"It's always feel better (to make a comeback) and yes I happy because after 8 months I am back in blue and doing good for the team. It's a lovely feeling," he said.

"I am not thinking about my performance. I just thinking about the process and I'm really happy that I ended as the second-highest wicket-taker in the series," he added.

Team India will now face Australia in a limited-overs series, which includes five ODIs and three T20Is. The first ODI is scheduled in Chennai on September 17. 

The 23-year-old said the team is ready to take on Australia after its dominating show in Sri Lanka.

"It always feel amazing when you end the series unbeaten. All of us were happy and we are ready for the Australia series," Axar signed off.

(With special inputs from India TV Sports correspondent Vaibhav Bhola)