A successful season for a Sportsman or woman is their team winning a cup, or maybe gaining promotion. On a personal level, perhaps they have won the player of the season award.
For one man this season, he won almost everything there was to win on a team and personal level. All-rounder Samit Patel helped Nottinghamshire win the One-Day Cup and the T20 Blast, along with promotion to Division One of the County Championship.
Patel, in his benefit season with the club, was named as the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Players’ Player of the Year and named in the PCA Team of the Year.
He was also the PCA Most Valuable Player of the Year, which is based on statistics from across the season as he scored 1,820 runs and took 44 wickets in all three formats of the game.
On a club level, he won Nottinghamshire’s Player of the Season as he produced the batting performances of his career in a season where he scored big runs, including back-to-back double centuries in the four-day game.
“It has been an amazing season. To win one trophy is outstanding but to win two is a monumental effort,” said Patel. “Then to get promotion to Division One just caps it all off.
“You have to give the backroom staff so much credit. Peter Moores and his backroom team – I don’t think I have ever worked with better coaches. The energy he gives off to each individual is fantastic.
“Peter’s man-management is excellent. He knows exactly what he has to do to get players ready for games of cricket. He makes you belong and makes you feel you are his number one priority. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He has been fantastic.
“So has Franksy (assistant head coach Paul Franks) and Picky (Andy Pick) – they’ve all been fantastic. The players have gone out and done it, and they have put in the hard work in training.”
After coming through the club’s junior ranks in 2002, he has never looked back and 15 years later he is still one of the most talented players in England today.
Much has been made of his lack of games for England but there is no doubting that if you want something special in a game, you turn to Samit Patel.
By his own admission, the Leicester-born all-rounder loves the big occasion. If you need something special in front of a packed Trent Bridge or a showpiece final, the man who will stand up and be counted is Samit Patel.
The supporters at Trent Bridge love him. There’s always that extra special cheers when his name is read out. He is just the type of player who makes a crowd buzz with excitement.
In 2010 when Notts won the County Championship title, Patel scored a vital 96 in the final game against Lancashire as Notts got the total they needed to edge closer to the biggest domestic crown of them all. He then took the catch at slip which gained Notts the extra point they needed to win to the title.
Three years later when Notts beat Glamorgan to win a one-day trophy at Lord’s, Patel took three quick wickets to turn the game when Glamorgan looked to be easing to their victory target.
Fast forward to last season and Patel was the pick of the Notts bowlers with three wickets in the One-Day Cup final victory over Surrey at Lord’s and then was a major part of their T20 Blast success on Finals Day at Edgbaston.
A brisk 35 with the bat in the semi-final against Hampshire was followed by the wicket of dangerman Shahid Afridi wicket with the ball of their innings and later a crucial direct-hit run out from the deep to again turn around a game which was heading away from Notts.
And then in the final against Birmingham, his 64 not out helped Notts post a much higher total than looked possible in the early stages and once again performed a perfect run out from the deep to help change the game.
All those achievements were part of the reason he was voted by his peers for the prestigious players’ player award
“It’s a great honour to be voted by your peers,” said Patel. It’s a great feeling and it demonstrates how well we have done as a team and individually this season. I’m a little bit surprised actually.
“To be up there with a world-class player like Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara), with the amount of runs that he scored in a short amount of time is a privilege in itself.”
**Samit Patel was talking to BBC Radio Nottingham’s Colin Fray. Photo credit: Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.