On 24 July 2022, India was scheduled to play the second ODI match against West Indies. After winning a nail-biting series opener on 22 July, India was looking to seal the series by winning the second match. However, Indian fans did not get disappointed as India held nerves again to win another thriller of a game by two wickets, thanks to Axar Patel.
Axar Patel was the star of the show for India as he scored a match-winning unbeaten knock of 64 runs from 35 balls, at a staggering strike rate of 182.85. He helped India to chase down the target of 312 runs in 49.4 overs. During this colossal run chase, Axar broke a long-standing record of MS Dhoni.
Axar Patel hit five maximums in his innings against West Indies
Axar Patel came into bat for India while they were struggling in the 39th over after scoring 205 runs for five wickets. He managed to hit three fours and five sixes as he remained unbeaten until India reached home safely. But, during the innings, he broke the record of hitting most sixes in a successful run chase for India, batting at no.7 or lower.
Previously, former India captain, MS Dhoni held the record of hitting three sixes in a match against Zimbabwe in 2005. Former India player, Yusuf Pathan also managed to hit the same number of sixes while chasing twice in 2011. But, now, after the second ODI against the Caribbeans, Axar Patel managed to break this 17-year-old record by hitting five sixes in the successful run chase of 312 runs.
Patel also loved to make a contribution to India’s win as he expressed his desire to give such top-class performances more in his career in upcoming matches. While receiving the player of the match award in the post-match presentation, he said: “I think this is a special one. It came at a crucial time and also helped the team to win the series. We have done the same in the Indian T20 League. We just needed to remain calm and keep the intensity up. I was playing an ODI after close to 5 years. I would want to continue performing like this for my team,”