New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel on Thursday said that he’s looking to use the lessons from two former left-arm spin legends Daniel Vettori and Rangana Herath during the ongoing five-match T20I series against Bangladesh.
The 32-year old, who played nine Tests and three T20Is so far for the Blackcaps, recently talked to Vettori and Herath about their experiences in this part of the world.
The Kiwis suffered great humiliation in the first T20I as they conceded a seven-wicket defeat by the hosts after getting all out for only 60 runs, the joint-lowest total in their T20I history.
However, Patel delivered an outstanding performance with the ball as he finished with 1-7 in his four overs which is the second best economical figure by a New Zealand spinner in a T20I after Vettori’s 3-6 against the same opposition in 2010.
Patel believed that the talks with two spin maestros would help him perform well in Bangladesh and he was also optimistic to continue the same form in the coming matches of the series.
“Two people I had really looked forward to as a left-arm bowlers were Dan (Daniel Vettori) and Rangana (Herath). l had a brief chat with him (Rangana) and I have got a chat lined up with Dan (Vettori) today about what was his experience in Bangladesh like,” Patel said.
“It would be nice to pick his (Vettori) brains and what kind of challenges will be there and how to adapt with it…It’s always nice for a spinner when you come to a surface that gives you assistance and it’s really important that you try to make the most of it.
“In a wicket like this, it's all about the control on your length and what you are doing with the ball because sometimes the most dangerous ones don't turn. Sometimes, that can be a challenge as well.
“Last night was a good night for me and maybe we can try to replicate that throughout the series. Hopefully, we can turn some results our way,” he added.
Patel was hopeful that his side would be able to learn from their mistakes quickly and bounce back in the next match, scheduled today at the same venue.
“Obviously, we will take a lot of learning from yesterday and it’s nice to get out there though we were training a few days prior to them. We never know what it's going to be like until we get into the middle,” he said.
“I think we will learn from that pretty quickly and adapt for the next one,” he added.