Following Warwickshire’s Championship win over local rivals Worcestershire in which he reached the career landmark of 500 first class wickets, Wisden Cricketer of the Year Jeetan Patel spoke to Deep Extra Cover’s Terry Wright.
“In this match, we showed more glimpses of how we play cricket. The pitch was doing a little bit for me but not as much as I would have wanted on Day Four. In general, however, we’re getting closer to getting the pitches we’ve wanted. Of course, the cold weather hasn’t helped.
“As for my bowling, the ball is coming out quite well – not as well as it has been; but hopefully, T20 will get me back to where I need to be”
And that 500 milestone?
“I knew I was close but the main aim was to do the job for Warwickshire. Now it’s reached, I can get on with the rest of the season.”
Because he is known as a loyal and committed team man who never misses a game for the Bears, it is no surprise to hear that Jeetan battled through sickness during the Worcestershire game
“I was pretty ill on the second evening and felt like I was getting off my deathbed yesterday. It was a 24 hour bug that started with my daughter, then my wife got it and I knew it was coming to me. But it’s over now so I can enjoy the win.”
Jeetan did, in fact, have a break from the game – but it came during the English winter.
“Yes, I ruptured my hamstring tendon and was out for ten weeks. It gave me what was probably a well-deserved break. Up till then I’d played eight consecutive seasons on the bounce.”
And now it’s time to defend the NatWest T20 Blast title:
“We’ve done some white ball training. As holders, we carry the aura of being the team to beat but with so many overseas stars having been signed, every team is strong. We just hope that we can play to our full potential.”