'I cherish wickets of Andy, Marillier'

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2000, 15:30 [IST]
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Rajkot: Of all the National Cricket Academy bowlers, who played the three-day match against Zimbabwe at Indore, the most impressive was medium fast bowler Rakesh Patel from Baroda. He bowled splendidly and was the most successful bowler in both the innings.

In the first innings he got three wickets and got five wickets in the match. Rakesh Patel said the wicket of Marillier, the opening batsman, in the second innings was the most satisfying scalp. "It was a fast, incoming ball and I think Marillier was beaten completely and had no clue. He was comprehensively bowled and I still cannot forget the sight of that dismissal," Rakesh Patel told Thatscricket.com.

"I also cherish the wicket of Andy Flower whom I dismissed for no score in the first essay of the match. Going by his reputation and experience, I think that was a big wicket," he added.

Rajesh Patel used to play for Gujarat and only last year he decided to represent Baroda. He not only shared the new ball with India's new bowling sensation Zaheer Khan, but also batted successfully for Baroda. In Indore too he struck three towering sixes when his turn came to wield the willow and made 26 not out off only 13 balls.

"Yes, I would like to be sort of an all-rounder. However, my main goal would always be bowling and this season is going to be very crucial for me. I would like to make the most of every opportunity that comes to me and am hopeful that sooner or later I would make it to the Indian team," the confident Rakesh Patel said.

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