One of the all-time great Bears overseas players, Jeets scored his maiden first-class century on his debut for the club in 2009 and, having returned every season since except 2010, now falls firmly into the category of club legend.
A world-class off-spinner, Jeets is pivotal to the Bears across the formats. He played an equally huge role in the championship success of 2012, the T20 triumph of 2014 and the lifting of the Royal London Cup at Lord's in 2016. His sustained excellence at Edgbaston over the years led to a recall to the New Zealand side this winter.
Like Ian Bell, Jeets has already tasted T20 glory this year. He was part of the Wellington Firebirds side that lifted the domestic T20 title in New Zealand. A terrific cricketer, tenacious competitor and fiercely proud adopted Bear, there are few more widely-respected cricketers in world cricket than our Jeets.
Jeetan Patel Fact File
Birmingham Bears squad number: 5
Sports team beyond cricket: Birmingham City
Holiday destination: New York
Cricket hero: Saqlain Mushtaq
Quote: "Man at night, man in the morning"