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Birthday special: Did you know these facts about Axar Patel?

On India's rising cricket star Axar Patel’s birthday, we bring you some interesting facts and trivia about the young cricketer.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel. Pic/ AFP

* Earlier known as 'Akshar', his name on the school leaving certificate was written as 'Axar'. During his tour to Bangladesh, he went by the same name as per his school certificate

* Axar Patel began playing competitive cricket only four years back

* Axar's father encouraged him to play cricket and would also ensure he works hard in the nets

* One of his biggest idols is Yuvraj Singh

* He has an elder brother by the name Sanship

* Axar Patel took a five wicket haul in first-class cricket in only his second match. He ended up with figures 6/55 against Delhi

* The first Indian Premier League team to sign him was Mumbai Indians in 2013 but was only on the bench

* He later went on to play for Kings XI Punjab in the 2014 season

* He played for Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well as Ranji Trophy

* Axar Patel was named 'Emerging Player of the Year' for the IPL 7

* He won the BCCI U-19 Cricketer of the Year award

* In his 10 ODIs for India, Patel has scored 40 runs and taken 15 wickets

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