Full name Dipak Narshibhai Patel
Born October 25, 1958, Nairobi, Kenya
Current age 58 years 90 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Staffordshire, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, Feb 20-24, 1987 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Mar 14-17, 1997 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Dunedin, Mar 18, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 20, 1997 scorecard|
|First-class span||1976 - 1996/97|
|List A span||1976 - 1996/97|
Kenyan-born Dipak Patel had the ambition to play Test cricket and he left Worcestershire to emigrate to New Zealand where he could believed greater opportunities lay. Patel, a stylish middle order batsman, had played well for Auckland, and so his graduation to the Test team was eagerly awaited. His batting was held back by a lack of concentration when set, a lack of confidence and a few bad decisions early in his career. And after he was run out for 99 in what would have been his only Test century, his second-string offspin gradually assumed the ascendency, particularly in the limited overs form of the game. In the 1992 World Cup, he was used sensationally as an opening bowler, initially against Australia, in an attempt to counteract the tactic of hitting over the in-field during the first 15 overs. This strategy paid off handsomely, and he was often used in the same role in other matches henceforth. As an offspinner, his bowling was of the slower looping variety, but usually without much turn. Never spectacular at Test level, he nevertheless continued to develop each season.
Wisden Cricinfo staff
In the past week, we have seen two shots that left us awestruck: Virat Kohli's jab that sailed over midwicket and Najibullah Zadran's six over the extra-cover boundary despite slipping in the process. Will either of the two top this compilation?
Some of the reactions on Twitter to Virat Kohli's record-equalling hundred during India's chase in Pune
Some of India's finest wins have come with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in harness at the crease. At Cuttack they rolled back the years to extraordinary effect
The Twitter world rose up to applaud Yuvraj Singh's hundred, in his second game since being recalled to India's ODI squad
Kedar Jadhav battled physical exertion and pain as he played the innings of his life, but there could not have been a better balm to soothe those pains than watching his team go the distance
Currently, Ajinkya Rahane doesn't quite have the body of work in ODIs that merit his inclusion. What can he do to press for selection in the Champions Trophy?
His Test stats as batsman and bowler compare favourably with some of the best allrounders, which is why his second-innings dismissal in Wellington is all the more puzzling
The shot Shakib Al Hasan played to be dismissed on day five at Basin Reserve defies explanation. It also prompts a few questions
On the forthcoming tour of India, selectors will have to solve the No. 6 riddle, get the batting order right, and strike a good balance between pace and spin