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IND vs AUS: Axar Patel goes past Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal with scintillating show in 5th T20I

India defeated Australia 4-1 in the recently concluded five-match T20I series with a thrilling six-run win in the final match in Bengaluru. Axar Patel was the hero for India yet again as his all-round skills came to the fore for the men in blue.

Aditya Kukalyekar Written By: Aditya Kukalyekar @adikukalyekar New Delhi Published on: December 04, 2023 11:59 IST
Image Source : PTI Axar Patel

Axar Patel has time and again proved his worth in white-ball cricket. He did so yet again against Australia especially in the last two T20Is of the five-match series. He won the player of the match award in both T20Is thanks to his all-round skills taking his tally of such awards to 5 in T20Is.

Th left-arm spinner now has the fifth most Man of the Match awards for India in the shortest format. Virat Kohli is on top in this list with 15 MOM awards while Suryakumar Yadav (13) and Rohit Sharma (12) being the next. Yuvraj Singh is at the fourth position having won it seven times during his illustrious career.

Most Player of the match awards in T20Is for India

Players Number of times MoM awards won
Virat Kohli 15
Suryakumar Yadav 13
Rohit Sharma 12
Yuvraj Singh 7
Axar Patel 5

Meanwhile, Axar Patel is now on top among India's bowlers to win most player of the match awards in T20Is. Earlier, he was on level terms with Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who all had won the award four times.

However, the Gujarat cricketer who was behind all of them before the fourth T20I vs Australia, went past them in just two matches. For the unversed, in the fourth T20I, Axar Patel returned with figures of 3/16 as India defended 174 runs successfully while in the fifth and final match of the series, the left-hander smashed 31 off 21 deliveries and then bowled a miserly spell of 1/14 in four overs. Overall in the series, he accounted for six wickets with four of them coming in the last two matches.

Most Player of the Match awards for India among bowlers

Players Number of awards won
Axar Patel 5
Yuzvendra Chahal 4
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4
Jasprit Bumrah 4
Kuldeep Yadav 4
Ravi Ashwin 4

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