NZ’s Ajaz Patel becomes third bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings

The Nation  |  Dec 05, 2021

MUMBAI   -  New Zealand’s Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel claimed all 10 Indian wickets in the second Test, becoming only the third bowler in cricket history to achieve the feat on Saturday. Ajaz, a left-arm spinner, added to his tally of four wickets on the opening day to return figures of 10-119. India was all out for 325. England off-spinner Jim Laker was the first bowler to take a Test 10-for, against Australia in 1956 at Old Trafford. He ended up with 19 wickets in an encounter that came to be known as “Laker’s Match”. Indian spin ace Anil Kumble is the only other player to do so, against Pakistan in 1999 at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla. “Welcome to the club #AjazPatel #Perfect10 Well bowled! A special effort to achieve it on Day1 & 2 of a test match,” the former leg-spinner tweeted. Ajaz, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1996 with his parents, was playing just his 11th Test for New Zealand since making his debut in 2018. Now 33, his previous Test best was 5-59. “Honestly, it’s surreal and to be able to do that in my career is pretty special,” he said. “The stars have aligned for me to do it in Mumbai. “I’m in very illustrious company with Kumble sir as well.”

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