Samit Patel bats in the top order for his county. We have heard this line numerous times from the commentators during the course of this PSL. Yet he has batted at 9 twice, once at 8 and didn’t get a chance in the one game despite 5 wickets falling. He has contributed well with the ball, but he must have felt a bit underutilized.
Islamabad United management who pride themselves of having utility players and batting set up without fixed numbers, must be feeling the heat from the man from Leicester. So, yesterday when Luke Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan had done most of the work, they sent in after losing 2 wickets in 2 balls Samit Patel. Ideally, one would think that an experienced player like Patel would bide his time as the required run rate was well under control.
However, the right-hander took the ultra-aggressive approach. Umer Khan, the rookie left arm orthodox bowler almost had him twice. Yet Patel was adamant in taking on the bowlers. Shinwari disappeared going for 15 in an over. Then Amir Yamin was hit for a couple of boundaries.
Patel finished on 45 in 30 balls. It wasn’t the most important innings in the context of the game. However, it was really about making a point to their own management about his batting skills. While, United have tried to bank on local talent giving opportunities to Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan and Asif Ali, it was a timely reminder that he is there as an all-rounder, equally good with the bat and ball in hand.