Known as an expert within the cricket industry, Samit Patel draws upon a wealth of experience as a first-class player for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club to speak of his drive and determination when it comes to the sport. After a short absence of two and a-half years, Patel returned to the ODI side in 2011, and made his Twenty20 International debut, before becoming the 651st player to represent England at test cricket, by winning his first cap on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2012.
Since making his debut for Nottinghamshire at the young of age of sixteen, Patel has featured consistently in the team, in both first-class and List A matches. He later became the only man in the history of the English Twenty20 competition to claim a double-wicket-maiden, when Nottinghamshire played Derbyshire at New Road, Worcester in 2006.
Patel scored 887 runs in the County Championship in 2007, including four centuries. Additionally, he also took ten wickets and topped the county’s bowling averages. Throughout the 2008 season, Patel made a steady start Nottinghamshire‘s first-class campaign, scoring a century against Durham and three half-centuries. Nottinghamshire finished as runners-up to Durham in the 2009 County Championship; from 15 matches Patel scored a staggering 712 runs at an average of 30.95, with a highest score of 95.
Patel also took 32 wickets at an average of 47.84, with two five-wicket hauls. In January of 2010, Patel signed a three-year deal with Nottinghamshire. He part-funded a journey to the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Australia where he spent February and March, part of which was aimed at improving his fitness.
When Nottinghamshire won the County Championship in 2010, Patel contributed fewer runs: 641 from 16 matches at an average of 26.70, making him the club’s 6th highest run-scorer in the year’s competition. His solitary century in the competition, an innings of 104 from 185 balls, came in a defeat to Somerset in July.
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