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Cricketer-turned-baseball player drafted into Major League Baseball

NRI Pulse Staff Report

Atlanta, GA, June 24, 2019: Karan Patel, son of a former US international cricketer, has become the first Indian-American player to be drafted into the US Major League Baseball. Chicago White Sox recently picked the 22-year-old standout pitcher from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Patel has earlier represented USA in the Under-19 cricket team.

According to the UTSA website, Patel became the first pitcher in the 28-year history of the program to record 100 strikeouts in a season.

Patel told MLB.com that playing cricket has actually assisted his baseball development, despite the fact that when throwing the ball in cricket, you have to keep a round arm and can’t bend your elbow.

“It helps my arm slot and my ability to spin the ball,” Patel said. “And I mean, I got into better shape over the last two years. I just slowly figured out who I am and what kind of pitcher I was. Not doing stuff outside of what I can do.”

Patel started off playing cricket as a bowler. He became more of a batsman as time went on, and worked his way into being an allrounder.

Patel’s father Kuldeep has also played for the US national cricket team.

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