Twitter Reactions: Axar Patel moves to the Capitals from the Lions Den

Twitter Reactions: Axar Patel moves to the Capitals from the Lions Den

KXIP tried to buy him back but the Capitals won the battle.

Axar Patel KXIP
Axar Patel of KXIP. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Axar Patel was the only player retained by the Kings XI Punjab before the auction for IPL 2018. However, it was a thoroughly disappointing season for him though. In nine games, the southpaw only managed to score 80 runs at a strike rate of 116. With the ball, he disappointed even more and accounted for only three wickets.

Hence, the franchise decided to part ways with him and put him back into the auction pool. Axar was a part of the Kings XI Punjab for five seasons between 2014 and 2018. Even though he was put back into the auctions, Kings XI Punjab tried to acquire him again but this time at a bargain price.

In fact, it was the Kings XI Punjab who bid for him first. But, there was stiff competition from the new face-off Delhi Capitals. He invited quite an intense bidding war between both these franchises. The two sides bid all the way up till INR 5 crores for him. In the end, it was the Capitals who bagged him ending the five-year association with the Kings XI Punjab.

What can Axar Patel offer the Capitals?

The Delhi Capitals let go of their left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and two other players in order to bring in Shikhar Dhawan into the side. This was considered to be a big loss for the side. However, Axar probably seems to have made up for the loss now.

Moreover, Axar adds more value to the side as he is highly capable with the bat as well. He can add some firepower down the order for the side – a place where they have had a few issues in the last season. The KXIP fans were disappointed to see one of their most valuable players go while the Delhi Capitals fans looked quite happy with the pick.

Here is how Twitterati reacted:

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