Date of birth – 30 November 1984 Leicester
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 3 July 2002 v West Indies A (Trent Bridge)
Samit Patel has been a mainstay of the Nottinghamshire side for over a decade and enjoyed the most successful season of his career in 2017.
The all-rounder played in every match as Notts secured two white ball trophies and promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship.
At Bristol, last June, Patel registered the highest score of his first class career, making an unbeaten 257 against Gloucestershire. He followed that up with an innings of 247 against Leicestershire, becoming the only batsman to register double-centuries in consecutive games for the county.
Patel delivered, what he termed, ‘the best innings of my career’ in making an unbeaten hundred to defeat Essex in the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup competition.
Statistically, having made his T20 debut in the competition’s debut season in 2003, he has played more matches, scored more runs and taken more wickets, than anyone else in the format for the Outlaws and so it was fitting that his undefeated 64 in the final helped his side lift the Blast trophy for the first time.
His performances in 2017 didn’t go unnoticed as he lifted a trio of prestigious awards as Nottinghamshire Player of the Year, the Professional Cricket Association’s Most Valuable Player award and also their Player of the Year crown.
Goals for 2018 will include more team and individual success as a Nottinghamshire player and hopefully an opportunity to add to his tally of 6 Test, 36 One Day International and 18 T20 International appearances for England.