Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who was dropped from the Delhi Capitals side after two matches, has emerged as the side’s trump card in the aftermath of Amit Mishra’s tournament-ending injury in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being played in the UAE.

Patel has had an economy rate of under six (5.60) in the nine matches he has played so far. Only Lockie Ferguson, Rashid Khan and Chris Morris have a better economy rate than Axar this season. Last year, he had played 14 games for Delhi and managed an economy rate of 7.13 for 10 wickets.

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He has picked up eight wickets at an average of 19.62 so far. Against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai, Axar got rid of Punjab captain and orange cap holder KL Rahul by deceiving him in flight.

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