Axar Patel's outstanding reply to India captain Rohit Sharma's praise tweet in Gujarati
Rohit's tweet came after Axar produced perhaps his best ever batting performance at the international level to help India chase down 312 in a thrilling contest in the second ODI against West Indies.
Axar Patel came up with a brilliant reply to India captain Rohit Sharma's congratulator message on Twitter. Axar, like Rohit used Gujarati to thank Rohit for his words of encouragement. "Badhu saru che rohit bhai thanks.. cheers," Axar tweeted in response to Rohit's "Woah that was some performance from team India last night. Bapu badhu Saru che @akshar2026" tweet. Rohit's tweet came after Axar produced perhaps his best ever batting performance at the international level to help India chase down 312 in a thrilling contest in the second ODI against West Indies.
India needed 107 runs in 11 overs with only five wickets in hand when Axar Patel walked out to bat. The left-hander got going straight away and starrted to hit the big blows and went on to smash one of the fastest fifties in a run-chase for India. Axar hit five sixes - the most batting at No.7 or lower for India in a successful ODI chase - and remained unbeaten on 64 off 35 balls to lead India to an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Batting first, Top knocks from Shai Hope and captain Nicholas Pooran powered West Indies to a massive 311/6 at the end of 50 overs in the second ODI of three-match series here at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday.
The WI batters had a great day with the bat as openers Hope and Kyle Mayers (39) gave a solid start. Later, more bigger partnerships followed, notably between Hope (115) and Pooran (74), who put on 117 runs. Though Shardul Thakur took three wickets and restricted the run flow to an extent in the final ten overs, Indian bowlers did not have many positives to walk away with.
Struggling at 79/3 while chasing 312, a 99-run stand between Iyer (63) and Samson (54) provided stability to their innings. In the end contributions from Deepak Hooda (33) and Axar Patel (64*) proved to be extremely vital in taking the visitors to a win. West Indies lost control of the match despite sending back the top order in the early stages of the match and despite posting a huge total on the board themselves.