Dipak Patel (New Zealand cricketer)
Dipak Narshibhai Patel (Gujarati: દિપક પટેલ; born 25 October 1958) is a Kenyan-born former New Zealand cricketer, who played 37 Tests and 75 One Day Internationals for the New Zealand cricket team. He is the current spin bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League for 2018.
|Full name||Dipak Narshibhai Patel|
|Born||25 October 1958|
Nairobi, Kenya Colony
|Relations||Kaushik Patel (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 161)||20 February 1987 v West Indies|
|Last Test||17 March 1997 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 56)||18 March 1987 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||20 May 1997 v Sri Lanka|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 7 February 2017
Patel's brother Kaushik represented Staffordshire from 1994 to 1996; while his cousin Harshad represented Worcestershire in 1985. Dipak Patel is not related to current New Zealand international cricketer Jeetan Patel.
A stylish middle order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, Patel started playing for Worcestershire in 1976, having moved to England in 1968. He continued to play for them until 1986, playing 236 first-class matches, scoring 9734 runs at 29.23, and taking 357 wickets at 36.66.
In the 1985/86 season, his first playing for Auckland, Patel scored 174 on debut, the highest-ever debut score for the province. In his first two seasons in New Zealand, he scored 1234 runs at 38.56 and took 42 wickets at 26.69, so it was no surprise that he was called up to the Test team.
Ignored by England's national selectors, Patel emigrated to New Zealand in 1986, although he had spent the last six winters in New Zealand, and this enabled him to qualify to play international cricket for New Zealand straight away.
Patel made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1987; he scored 18 and 20, both times being dismissed by Courtney Walsh, and bowled 3 overs. He made his ODI debut in the series that followed. His highest score in Tests came when he was run out for 99 against England in 1992. His best bowling figures of 6 for 50 also came in 1992 against Zimbabwe.
In the 1992 World Cup, Patel was used as an opening bowler, initially against Australia, in an attempt to counteract the tactic of hitting over the in-field during the first 15 overs. This strategy paid off, and he was often used in the same role in other matches.
- Harshad Patel at CricketArchive (subscription required)
- "First-class Batting and Fielding for each Team by Dipak Patel". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "First-class Bowling for each Team by Dipak Patel". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Scorecard: Canterbury v Auckland". cricketarchive.com. 6 January 1986. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Scorecard: New Zealand v West Indies". cricketarchive.com. 20 February 1987. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Scorecard: New Zealand v West Indies". cricketarchive.com. 18 March 1987. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Scorecard: New Zealand v England". cricketarchive.com. 18 January 1992. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Scorecard: Zimbabwe v New Zealand". cricketarchive.com. 7 November 1992. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
- "Rare: New Zealand vs England World Cup 1992 HQ Extended Highlights (15 March 1992)". TV One. 13 March 2012. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2015 – via YouTube.
- Longley, Geoff (3 August 2013). "1992 Cricket World Cup Memories". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 21 February 2015.