Name - Rishi Patel
Squad Number - TBA
Born - Chigwell, Essex, July 26, 1998
Joined - 2020
Role - Right-hand bat
Teams Represented – Essex CCC
Rishi Patel signed for Leicestershire CCC from 2019 County Champions and 2020 Bob Willis Trophy Champions, Essex CCC, ahead of the 2021 season, following a loan at Grace Road during the condensed 2020 season.
The talented batsman first appeared for Essex’s first XI in 2019 against Cambridge MCCU and went on to make five further appearances, scoring a total of 146 runs with a best of 35.
The 22-year-old came to attention after equalling Darren Robinson’s Second XI record of five centuries in a season in 2019, which was rewarded with a call-up for their upcoming fixture against India. He also made his List A debut in 2019, posting a best score to date, of 35, against Hampshire.
Patel became the 488th player to make a first-class appearance for the Running Foxes, against table-toppers Yorkshire at Headingley, posting 24 runs in a fixture where seam bowlers held the upper hand in testing conditions.