There’s no doubt about his talent as a hard-hitting middle order batsman and useful left-arm spinner, but one has to question his desire. Most cricketers who had been told that they would be picked for their country providing that they met the requisite fitness levels, would swap the chapattis for the gym. Not Patel, who actually had a pretty average 2010 with 641 championship runs at 27 and 24 wickets at 40.
One hopes that he has learned his lesson (although he has ignored several warnings in the past) and turns up this summer as a much more svelte and determined character. As on his day he can win a match in any format of the game on his own.
Andy Flower for one will be watching. So will we.
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