A left-arm spinner of renowned accuracy, Patel made his first class debut in 1989 and through sheer hard work he earned his first Test appearance in 1996 against India, the country of his birth.
He was restricted to 10 overs in the eight-wicket win at Edgbaston, where he was brought in to replace the injured Phil Tufnell, and was left out of the side for the second Test at Lord’s.
Returned for the third and final Test at Trent Bridge, where he took the wicket of Sanjay Manjrekar and made 27 with the bat, but that was to be his last appearance.
A reliable fielder, he bats with great determination and is strong square of the wicket.
Has contributed many valuable runs to Kent's cause throughout his lengthy career and was awarded a benefit by the county in 2004 when he underwent spinal surgery.
Was an ever-present in the side which challenged for the County Championship in 2005 and was Kent's leading wicket-taker 59 at 27.55 apiece.
His best performance saw him take 6-53 against defending champions Warwickshire in June which set up an emphatic win and took Kent to the top of the table.
Was given an extension to his contract at the end of 2005 and was named as vice-captain to Robert Key for the 2006 season.
Injuries meant he spent much of 2006 and 2007 on the sidelines and he eventually announced his retirement before the start of the 2008 summer, after 19 seasons with Kent.