Full name Kalpesh Ashok Patel
Born July 18, 1985, Nairobi
Current age 31 years 250 days
Major teams Kenya, Kenya Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v Kenya at Khulna, Mar 20, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v Kenya at Fatullah, Mar 23, 2006 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Kenya v Namibia at Nairobi (Aga), Oct 1-3, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Zimbabwe A v Kenya at Harare, Oct 17-19, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||Bangladesh v Kenya at Khulna, Mar 20, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Bangladesh v Kenya at Fatullah, Mar 23, 2006 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/24, 1*||Kenya||v Bangladesh||Fatullah||23 Mar 2006||ODI # 2355|
|0, 0/10||Kenya||v Bangladesh||Khulna||20 Mar 2006||ODI # 2353|
|7, 3||Kenya||v Zimbabwe A||Harare||17 Oct 2005||FC|
I saw Kalpesh when he played for Kenya at U-19 level and back then he bowled in a very similar way to Terry Alderman, the former Australia bowler. He got very close to the stumps as he bowled and looked to swing the ball away from the bat. Since then, he has worked with Mudassar Nasar (the former Pakistan Test allrounder who has coached Kenya) and has developed his ability to reverse swing the ball, which has added an extra string to his bowling armoury. The downside of that is that he has become a bit too reliant on reverse swing and what we are trying to do is to give him more confidence to bowl with the newer ball and swing the ball in orthodox fashion. We are also trying to get him to bowl mid-crease because he has the tendency to go wide of the cease when he bowls. Having said all that about his bowling, I think Kalpesh will probably develop into more of a batsman who bowls rather than a genuine all-rounder although it would be great if he could excel in both disciplines. As a batsman he is what you would call a busy player, short in stature but quite compact in his style and superbly quick between the wickets. In one sense Kalpesh is an allrounder already because he is a superb fielder, one of the best we have here at the WTC. He arrived late at the WTC because he was with the Kenya team on their tour of Zimbabwe and at the finals of the ICC Intercontinental Cup but you would never have known it because he has slotted into the group very easily and has become a really popular player with his peers and all the coaches. Kalpesh is a real team player and has the potential to develop and what he must now do is put the skills he is learning at the WTC into action in game scenarios.
Andy Moles November 2005
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