Have you ever wondered how many Patels have played cricket for their countries?
This is not as simple as you may think, as you will find persons with this surname in several countries outside India. And we are not counting Patil, which sounds similar but is a different community
While the majority of Patels are Hindu, there are some Muslim Patels as well, such as Ajaz Yunus Patel who is in the news now. There was also Mohammad Munaf Patel who played for India earlier.
In the following tables, the data is corrected up to 04 Dec 2021.
We start with Test players:
A total of 11 players. The most capped one is Kenya-born New Zealand player DN (Dipak) Patel with 37 Tests. For India, it is PA (Parthiv) Patel with 25 Tests. He is believed to be the youngest Test wicketkeeper. The current players are AR (Axar) for India and AY (Ajaz) for New Zealand.
The first Test player was JM (Jasu) who made his debut in 1955. Although he had a short career, he is remembered for his contribution to India’s first win against Australia in 1959 with 9 wickets for 69 in an innings and 14-124 in the match.
Incidentally, Ajaz Patel finished with 10-119 and 4-106 in the ongoing Test, which gives him match figures of 14-225.
Then we have ODI players:
19 players here.
Apart from the Test-playing countries, there are representatives from Canada, Kenya and the USA. Canada and Kenya do not have ODI status today, but we count their players anyway.
There is some overlap with the Test players, as many have played in both formats.
And T20I players:
There are 23 players here. Apart from the Test and ODI-playing countries, we have players from Malawi, Lesotho, Seychelles, Panama, Chile, Uganda, Bulgaria and Czechia.
Probably it is more appropriate to consider only the 13 who played for Test and ODI teams.
The final tabulation excludes players from teams which have never played Tests or ODIs:
We thus finish with a total of 24 players. Note the overlaps, as several have played in two or even three formats.
Oddly, Ajaz has played in Tests and T20Is but not ODIs