Axar’s knock of 74 off 115 balls was essential for India on Day 2 in the ongoing Test against Australia. He had also impressed with the bat in the first Test against Australia, Axar scored 84 runs when India beat Australia by an innings and 132 runs in the first match of the series. Axar came forward to talk about his recent showing with the bat, crediting his performances to legendary Australian batter Ricky Ponting.
“At Delhi Capitals, I talked a lot with Ricky (Ponting) about how I can get better with my batting. Even with the Indian team, I was talking to the batters. I felt I was not realising my potential in my 30s and 40s. I was not able to finish the game,” Axar was quoted as saying by NDTV.
“So, it was a lot about the mindset. Sometimes you can relax as an all-rounder if you have taken wickets, you could get casual. So I thought I could improve on that and convert my 30s and 40s into match-winning scores. That is how I think now and that has made a big difference,” he added.