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Why Axar Patel will be the man to watch out in DC camp




Technical changes during DC stint helped Axar Patel, want to get more out of him this , says Ricky Ponting

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Tuesday revealed how “little technical changes” made while playing for Delhi Capitals helped Axar Patel develop into an effective batter for .

Ponting is hoping to “get a bit more out of him” when he turns up for Delhi Capitals in this IPL.

Axar (264 runs) has impressed during the Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia, slamming three half-centuries to emerge as the second highest scorer for India behind Virat Kohli (297 runs) from five innings.

“I've known Axar for a long time and he was only a young boy in the squad at Mumbai when I first went there,” Ponting told the ICC Review.

“I've known that there's been a certain amount of batting skill there that really, apart from the last couple of years, he hadn't really been showing at IPL level or even at level.

“There were a few little technique changes that we made with him. We just opened up his hips and his shoulders a little bit. So he was a bit more chest-on towards the right-arm fast bowlers.”

The 29-year-old bowling all-rounder did not make his IPL debut for MI in 2013. He flourished during his five-year stint at Kings XI and emerged as one of the best white-ball performers with some good show for the Delhi Capitals over the last four seasons.

Ponting, who is the coach of Delhi Capitals, said Axar used to struggle against the short ball early in his career.

“If there was ever a weakness in his game, it was the short ball that was sort of directed at his body. The reason that he was a bit weak in that area was he was too side-on, and the ball was always sort of in behind his right shoulder,” Ponting said.

“We just tried to open him up a little bit, which gave him a little bit more access to the ball. He's always been a beautiful offside player. You know, his cover driving and cutting is as good as anyone's. And if anything, he was just a little bit too blocked off to be able to score well on the leg side.”

“We tweaked a few things there and because he's such a good young person to work with, and he's obviously very talented, so therefore he was a fast learner and was able to pick things up really quickly and change his technique enough to show really, really good improvement really early on.”

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