Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has ended his benefit year by winning the Professional Cricketers’ Association MVP award – but he could yet land a final accolade.
Patel topped the PCA’s overall statistical rankings after a magnificent season in all three formats.
The 32-year-old was presented with a cheque for £10,000 by PCA chief executive David Leatherdale at Trent Bridge today, a day after helping Notts to promotion in the County Championship.
Patel earned the most points in all three domestic competitions to finish top of the PCA MVP Rankings with 535 points, 54 points ahead of Warwickshire’s New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel. He is the first Notts player to top the rankings, since they were first compiled in 2007.
“It’s a great achievement. I’ve wanted to win the MVP for a long time,” he said.
“I’ve finished runner-up and third before. It’s been on my mind to win it to be honest.
“Testimonials are meant to be hard work, but it’s been good. It’s been fun all year.
“It’s a testament to the backroom committee. They’ve been outstanding.”
Patel could have one final celebration though as he is shortlisted for the PCA Players’ Player of the Year award, as voted for by his fellow professionals. That will be announced next week.
He is up against Essex seamer Jamie Porter, Glamorgan all-rounder Colin Ingram and Surrey batsman Kumar Sangakkara.
While Patel was outstanding all season, his purple patch came in June, when he hit back-to-back double hundreds in the County Championship, as well as a century in the Royal London One Day Cup semi-final win at Essex.
The runs came when Notts spent two weeks on the road as Patel worked tirelessly with head coach Peter Moores and assistant Paul Franks.
“June was special. We were on the road at Gloucestershire and I got 250,” he said.
“Then to Taunton, a tough place to go. It’s a biased crowd as you’d expect. Then we were straight to Essex.
“We’d been on the road for a long time by then and the boys were flagging. The way we got through those games was testament to where we want to be.
“That century at Essex was my favourite innings of the year.
“That spell overall was the best form of my career, definitely. It was the tempo and rhythm I had.
“I was working endlessly with Moorsey and Franksy to be honest. I wanted to keep going that well.
“You’ll always get patches when you don’t get runs, but when you’re in-form you’ve got to make it count.”