Brijal Jagdesh Patel is a cricketer from Kenya who is a right handed batsman and a part-time slow-left arm bowler. He usually bats in the top order for Kenya and the other teams he plays.
Patel has a first-class batting average of only 7 and has crossed fifty only once for his country and thus has disappointed as a batsman. However his forte is his fielding. He has got this characteristic from his father who was an international wicketkeeper.
When Patel was 23 years of age he made his one-day international debut against West Indies on 19th August 2001. He has played club cricket for Cranleigh in England. Although he was dropped earlier he was recalled to the team for Zimbabwe.
Patel has played in 5 wins for Kenya against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. His batting performance which is most memorable is an impressive 42 against the world champions Australia in 2002. He has scored his highest one-day international batting score of 44 against Zimbabwe in 2002. In the bowling he has taken the wickets of Herschelle Gibbs and Shaun Pollock. During fielding he has been responsible for the dismissals of Sourav Ganguly, Marlon Samuels and Sanath Jayasuriya.
Patel has toured South Africa and India with the provincial team. Along with the Kenya one-day international team he has been to Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was also a member of the squad for the ICC trophy in Malaysia.