Axar scored 117 runs in three innings

Average of 117.00 and a strike rate of 195. This also includes a fighting knock of 65 runs in the second T20I in a losing cause. Axar provided key cameos for his side in every game with his wellow. Apart from the runs, Axar also picked three wickets in three games at an average of 24.66 and an economy rate of 7.40.

After winning the accolade for his all-around performance against Sri Lanka

Axar Patel credited stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya for his success in the series. He also added that Hardik backed him to express himself on the field without worrying about failures.

He said:

"Feel happier when the team benefits from my batting (when compared to bowling). Did not do anything different for this series, just that the captain gave me a lot of confidence in the dugout. He tells me to play freely and tells me that he is there to protect me. We do a lot of planning during team meetings but sometimes things do go wrong and I just focus on doing my plans properly,"

Well, Axar Patel's statement didn't go down well

It has to be noted that Axar has played the majority of his cricket under Rohit Sharma and he was even a part of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2022 squads but he failed to put up a show

Under the leadership of Hardik Pandya.

Now as the all-rounder lavished praise on Hardik Pandya for his leadership, Rohit fans started slamming him on social media.Axar Patel will be seen in action in the upcoming ODI series but this time under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, who is all set to return to the Indian set-up after recovering from his thumb injury.