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Why Axar Patel was called Wasim Bhai? Spinner explains



Viewers of the third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad would have noticed that Rishabh Pant frequently called Axar Patel ‘Wasim Bhai’ from behind the stumps. The left-arm spinner, who was the Man of the Match for his 11 wickets in India’s two-day 10-wicket win, explained why.

“Rishabh Pant says that when I bowl a fast arm-ball, it comes in quickly like Wasim bhai. He calls me Wasim bhai. Ajinkya Rahane kept that name, now Rishabh has caught on,” Axar said in the post match presentation.

Axar has got three five wicket hauls in two Tests. Was he finding Test cricket too easy?

“It seems easy when it (five-for) happens, otherwise it feels very difficult. Now that it’s happening, I just want to continue my form – not thinking it’s easy or difficult.

“Now that I am taking wickets, no one is making fun of my batting. But I hope to contribute with the bat more too, I’m being positive.”

Axar explained that his strength is his consistency.

“My strengths are that my bowling is wicket-to-wicket. Don’t give batsmen room. Want them to induce mistakes and get wickets, making things tough for them to score runs.

“In today’s day and age, batsmen have a mindset of sweeping or playing over the top after one or two maiden overs, so that’s what my mindset to try and bowl dot balls.

“Things are going fine, hope it continues. Hope to get similar pitches, so that my form continues too.”

Meanwhile, spinner R Ashwin reached his milestone of 400 Test wickets. He too was rich in praise of Axar.

“It feels amazing actually to reach 400 Test wickets. The entire stadium saw it on the big screen, stood up and clapped for me. Pleasant it happened in the winning cause. When we got all out for 145, thought we might not have enough lead and the game was in the balance,” he said at the post match presentation. But Axar Patel bowled beautifully in the third innings to pull things back.”


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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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