Dubai: Indian all-rounder Akshar Patel (Axar Patel) to leave his mark on behalf of Delhi Capitals in the upcoming 13th season of the league, starting in the UAE on September 19, after the last season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was excellent. Are ready Patel, 26, has talked about the new rules in the game and the challenges of the IPL bio-bubble.
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Patel said, “With no spectators for sure, we will feel empty and then the sliva ban is also going to create for bowlers. During the initial practice session, I was conscious of not using saliva or sweat to dodge the ball. So these challenges are going to be there.
He said, ‘Nevertheless, the good thing is that at least we will have action-packed cricket after a long time, which is a good thing not only for us, but also for India. Everyone will enjoy the game which will be really exciting.
The 13th season of the IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates from 19 September this time. Delhi Capitals are scheduled to play their first match in the league against Kings XI Punjab on 20 September. Patel was earlier part of the Kings XI Punjab team.
He said, ‘First of all, it is really nice to return to the field after being away from cricket for a long time due to lockdown. Since we are in tournament week, it looks really good and the players are also positive about it.
The Delhi Capitals team this time includes some experienced players in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane and the all-rounder believes that the team can become champions this time.
Patel said, “With the new changes, I think the team looks good. With the fast bowlers, spinners and all-rounders, we have covered all the fields and I think we can be champions this time. Everyone in the net. I am looking positive and we are all in good shape.