Patel’s popularity continues to grow at Edgbaston

Jeetan Patel’s popularity at Warwickshire continues to grow. The New Zealand off-spinner was re-signed for his third stint as overseas player after a successful spell in the middle of last season and re-introduced himself by clubbing an unbeaten 43 to set up a thrilling two-wicket win over Somerset at Edgbaston.

Patel may not have contributed with the ball as he would have liked but his batting ability, which first became evident when he made a maiden first-class century against Yorkshire on county debut three years ago, ensured he played a big part in Warwickshire’s win.

“You have got to contribute in all three facets of the game now, as the game has changed so much. You have got to be able to bat, bowl and field,” Patel said.

“I didn’t get many wickets, I didn’t take any catches but I always want to contribute to any game I am playing in and I’m glad to be doing it for the Bears. I love being with Warwickshire. It’s a great fun club, the guys are great and the set-up is fantastic.

“That’s not taking anything away from being at home, I love being at home. But being here is another lease of life and I really enjoy trying to spin people out and chipping in with the bat as well.”

Patel hopes to contribute more with the ball against defending champions Lancashire at Liverpool this week having struggled to adjust to bowling with a Dukes ball again.

“I probably struggled a little bit and got caught up in a lot of the rough. It was a bit short as I tried to land it in there,” Patel said.

“I’ve just come from bowling with a Kookaburra and I’m getting used to the Dukes ball. That’s something that I’m going to have to get through.

“We have a couple more nets before we go to Liverpool so hopefully it comes out well again. It’s just a matter of time. I think I’m bowling well but I’ve just got to land the ball in the right areas for longer periods.

“People say spinners shouldn’t be dominating in April but you can see Monty Panesar is spinning it and spinners all around the country are so I have to contribute. If it’s two wickets in the first innings and four in the second I have got to find a way to win games with the ball.”

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