Breaking news: Hardik Patel’s followers to stage protest at ODI venue in Rajkot:
Not sure if the Patels would get into demanding reservation in cricket teams. In case they did, here is all the information they need.
Like Smiths, Browns and Joneses, Patels have played for several countries in international cricket: India, New Zealand and England in Tests plus Kenya and Canada in ODIs/T20Is.
We start with the Test players:
9 players from three countries.The best Test performer overall would be Kenya-born Dipak Patel, followed by Brijesh Patel (who lived mainly in Bangalore) and Parthiv Patel from Ahmedabad (who remains the youngest Test wicket-keeper). Munaf Patel and Jasu Patel had their moments, with the latter holding the then innings and match bowling records for India which helped them to defeat Australia for the first time. These records stood for over a quarter century. And Rashid Patel is one of the unfortunates who played their only Test without scoring any runs (a pair) or taking wickets (though he did take a catch).
The only century is by Brijesh (though Dipak has a 99). Six fivers among them (three by Dipak although Jasu has the best figures of 9/69) as well as a tenner (14-124 by Jasu).
Now for the ODI players:
Here we have representatives from Kenya and Canada as well. India’s Axar Patel is there too, while Munaf Patel was one of the unsung heroes of India’s World Cup win in 2011.
Parthiv Patel has the highest score of 95 here, while England’s Samit Patel is the only one with a fiver.
Now we come to the T20I players who are considerably fewer:
All 5 countries mentioned above are still represented here. The most matches (22) have been played by Rakap of Kenya, the highest score is 88* by Hiral of Canada and best bowling (3/17) by Axar of India (a true multinational sharing of honours)
Axar Patel also took 4/0 in a FC match against South Africa A recently.
Hardik and his friends would realize that their compatriots have done well enough in cricket (particularly those who lived outside India).