Twenty-six-year-old Jeetan Patel is the next hope of spin for New Zealand after Daniel Vettori. His career-best three for 11 in only his 10th ODI, helped New Zealand to victory against South Africa at the Brabourne Stadium on Monday.
New Zealand coach John Bracewell, a former Kiwi off-spinner himself, said that Jeetan Patel is picked for the Champions Trophy, keeping an eye on next year's World Cup. Here are his views on Patel.
Your observations of Jeetan?
He is a good learner. Obviously not been that long in international cricket. He has taken every opportunity that he is been given and has bowled well on every occasion. He has good instincts for his skill.
How much of your experience in Indian conditions will help Jeetan?
Not much. The players spend a lot of time touring around the world. We get a lot of information on TV. We are pretty aware of the conditions everywhere and Jeetan is a real good student of the game and has a fair understanding of what is required as well.
Is there any area that he has to work upon?
He is continually searching to move forward. He is not always satisfied and has a tremendous work ethic, and sometimes you have to pull him back and say 'hey listen, that's enough. You have got to be satisfied with what you have done today'. He will always keep working until he falls over. I have to try and control that. That is not a complaint. It is great to have a guy on tour you have to stop working rather than start working.
Is New Zealand looking at spin as a key role these days?
Yes. We always had the World Cup in mind with Jeetan, and making sure we have at least two spinners available for the World Cup. This is another opportunity for them to gain experience together and Daniel, with a history of his back, we are making sure we have an adequate replacement when he is unavailable.
How are young spinners shaping up back home in New Zealand?
We have several young guys who can bat and bowl off-spin. We are encouraging that. Traditionally, we have had guys in the top five who can bowl some medium pace. To become a complete touring side, it will be handy to have somebody in the top order who can bowl spin.