Ajaz Patel has become only the third bowler to pick up all 10 wickets in an innings in international cricket
MUMBAI — Ajaz Patel made history on Saturday by becoming the third player after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble in the history of Test cricket to clinch all 10 wickets in an innings, as New Zealand restricted India to 325 in their first innings on the second day of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.
Ajaz claimed four wickets on Friday, added two more to his tally in the morning session on the second day and then claimed four more wickets in the post-lunch session as he ended with figures of 10/119, becoming the first bowler to take all-10 wickets in the first innings of a Test match, IANS reports.
Ajaz’s brilliant effort overshadowed a fantastic 150 by Indian opener Mayank Agarwal, a 311-ball effort that contained 17 fours and four sixes.
Agarwal, who was 120 overnight, was the only Indian batsman to build on the start and was involved in crucial partnerships of 80 with Shubman Gill, 80 with Shreyas Iyer for the fourth wicket, 64 with Wriddhiman Saha for the fifth and 67 for the seventh wicket with Axar Patel.
Axar Patel struck a fine 52 off 128 deliveries (5×4, 1×6) as he and Agarwal resurrected the Indian innings after Ajaz had claimed two wickets off successive balls to reduce India to 224/6 as India went to lunch at 285/6.
However, things went south for the hosts soon after restart as Ajaz Patel struck in the 100th over of the innings, sending back Agarwal for a well-made 150 in which he did not commit many mistakes, and used every opportunity to punish the bowlers. He watched the ball carefully and used his feet to the spinners and played them with the turn.
Ajaz claimed the next three wickets quickly as the Indian innings folded at 325 with Patel claiming all 10 wickets.
Earlier, Ajaz claimed two wickets off successive balls in his first over of the day, trapping lbw overnight batsman Wriddhiman Saha for 27 and castling R Ashwin with one that spun and struck the off-stump. Axar Patel survived the hat-trick ball with a solid defensive prod and then helped Agarwal propel India to safety again, avoiding fall of any more wickets till the lunch break
India, starting at overnight 221/4, added 64 runs to their total off 28 overs in the first session.
The Indians found Ajaz Patel a constant thorn in their side as the left-arm spinner, who migrated from Mumbai to New Zealand when he was eight, continued to trouble the Indian batsmen. He gave the ball nice revs, flighted it and got a nice loop going. Ajaz in his first spell on the second morning had figures of 6-0-16-2. Southee had the best of the rest of the New Zealand bowlers with none for 43 off 22 overs.
Social media was quick to react to Ajaz’s incredible milestone
Australia’s skipper Aaron Finch was quick to take to Twitter to hail Ajaz for his milestone and said Ajaz’s effort of 10 wickets is the most amazing thing he has ever seen.
That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!! Ajaz Patel….what a phenomenal performance
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) December 4, 2021
Popular Indian cricket pundit Harsha Bhogle also took to his Twitter handle and praised Ajaz Patel for his effort by saying, he is delighter for Patel’s wonderful achievement and beautiful story.
Wonderful wonderful achievement and such a beautiful story. Delighted for you #AjazPatel.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 4, 2021
Other legendary Indian cricketers VVS Laxman, Ravi Shastri and others also tweeted a message for Ajaz Patel.
Sensational! Just sensational!! To take all 10 wickets in a Test innings is the stuff dreams are made of. Take a bow, Ajaz Patel, you are in the elite company of Jim Laker and Anil kumble. And to do it in the city of your birth, wow!! pic.twitter.com/iA6biAC4gz
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 4, 2021
One of the toughest things to do in the game of cricket. To have an entire team in your kitty in an innings is too good to be true. Simply unreal. Well done young man – Ajaz Patel #INDvzNZ #AjazPatel pic.twitter.com/M81eUeSrX4
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 4, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) December 4, 2021
Please don’t let any Indian go to any other country, best don’t even ask them. Dus ka dum 😳 #AjazPatel
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 4, 2021
— With inputs from IANS